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Confederate Enfield "Circle SL' One of Three Known
Item #: CSM-2
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This is a Confederate Enfield with the viewer's mark "SL" within a circle located forward of the buttplate on the comb of the stock. These are mentioned in the book "The English Connection" on page 115. It states "Block SL within a circle. This mark appears on a pattern 1853 rifle musket with 1861 TOWER lock and Birmingham proofs. Only two examples are known at this time." This one is fresh to the market, so it makes number three. The barrel has the Birmingham proofs and the lock is marked "1861 TOWER". The metal has a beautiful dark brown patina overall. The ramrod is engraved "34" and the assembly marks "XII" are present in the ramrod channel. I have not taken the gun apart to check for other assembly marks. The stock is stamped with the maker B. Woodward & Sons. They were located at 10 Whittall street in Birmingham England. Benjamin Woodward was an important military contractor, member of the Birmingham small arms trade and shareholder in the Birmingham Small Arms Company. On page 100 of "The English Connection" he is listed in the names of furnishers found on arms with Confederate provenance. All in all, a very rare and beautiful Confederate rifle musket.
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