MERIDIAN MANFG. CO, USA
A SCARCE .58 RIMFIRE BREECH-LOADING SERVICE-RIFLE, MODEL 'MILLER CONVERSION OF THE PATTERN '61', serial no. 400,
altered circa 1865-67, with brushed bright (as original) 30in. barrel, block and blade fore-sight, standing notch rear-sight with two additional flip-up leaves, lift up and over short breech-block, the top marked 'W.H. & C.W. MILLER PATENT MAY 23 1863' and ' MERIDIAN MANFG. CO. MERIDEN CONN', lockplate from a Pattern 1861 musket signed 'PARKERS, SNOW & CO. MERIDEN, CONN' together with a Union Eagle device and the date '1863', plain external hammer, walnut full-stock with exposed muzzle (small losses to sharp edges around breech-block), iron furniture and under-barrel iron clearing rod
Provenance: Only around 2000 of these conversions were manufactured with the Maryland Militia being issued 50 and a further 45 being sold surplus through Schuyler-Hartley of New-York
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Sold as an exempt item under Section 58 (2) of the 1968 Firearms Act, to be held as a curiosity or ornament