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RARE IDENTIFIED MARTIALLY MARKED MODEL 1860 HENRY LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 9169. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Late martial Henry with usual 24-1/4″ oct bbl with integral magazine tube, late style squareback German silver front sight and 900 yard Henry ladder rear sight with slide retaining screw. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut buttstock with 2nd type brass buttplate with pointed heel and trap. Left side of wrist of buttstock has the tiny inspector initials “A.W.M”. Left side of buttstock has a factory sling swivel above the distinctive “Henry Bump” and a corresponding sling loop on left side of bbl. SN was observed on top flat of bbl between rear sight & frame, left side of lower tang under the wood, inside the top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Top of round part of bbl, under rotating sleeve is marked with assembly number “2351” which number is also on rear face of rotating sleeve. This rifle is a late or Type II martial Henry purchased by the government in about 1864 & 1865 and was part of the more than 600 Henry rifles purchased during that time frame. This rifle is listed by SN on p. 76 in the book The Historic Henry Rifle, Sword, as having been issued to the 3rd Regiment U.S. Veteran Volunteers. A letter from Springfield Research service disclosed that this rifle is listed in the company & regimental books of the 3rd U.S. Veteran Volunteer Infantry in the National Archives and discloses that it was issued to Pvt. Michael Link of Company B, 3rd U.S. Veteran Volunteers. This unit was organized in February & March of 1865 with the intended purpose of becoming an elite corps of shock troops under Gen. Hancock. However, in April 1865 when Gen. Lee surrendered they were left with little to do except garrison duty in the defense of Washington. The unit was mustered out of service on July 20, 1866. As part of their enlistment bonus they were allowed to retain their arms & accoutrements upon being discharged. Also accompanying is a packet of copies of Pvt. Link’s muster rolls which indicate that he initially enlisted Jan. 15, 1862 at Doylestown, PA in Company D, 104th Pennsylvania Infantry. He was mustered out Jan. 1, 1865. Additional muster rolls show that he volunteered and enlisted in Company B of the 3rd Regiment U.S. Veteran Volunteers on Feb. 17, 1865 and was mustered out Feb. 17, 1866 with the notation “This soldier is entitled to retain his arms and accoutrements and appendages without charge.” CONDITION: Very good to fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain blue in the gullets being an overall plum/brown patina with very fine surface rust; receiver & sideplates have light hammer marks on top & bottom edges with a few scattered small scratches showing sharp edges and retaining a dark mustard patina; buttplate is matching patina. Stock has a chipped & lightly splintered toe with a few nicks & scratches and a couple of small gouges and retains a dark hand worn patina with traces of orig finish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with good shine and scattered pitting. 4-46967 JR259 (30,000-50,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2012
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