Lockplate with crisp markings; eagle over “US” in front of hammer and
“SPRING/FIELD/1831 vertically behind hammer. Round 42″ smoothbore .69 caliber barrel
secured by three barrel bands held by springs; front blade sight on forward-most band and
sling swivel on the middle band. Iron mounts originally finished bright including trigger
guard with sling swivel at the front, serpentine side plate stamped with an “S”, and butt cap
stamped “US” on the tang. Walnut full stock with very low comb and two illegible inspector
cartouches behind the side plate. Hand-carved name (illegible) on right side of stock,
probably that of the soldier to whom it was issued. Steel ramrod with button-shaped head.
Metal showing wear with dark patina and pitting around the breech and nipple. Wood with
dark even finish, showing wear commensurate with age and use. Many of these were
converted and used by both sides during the early days of the Civil War.