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Austrian Lorenz Musket Gun Tool, Recovered Antietam (SOLD)

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This is a Combination Gun Tool for the Pattern 1854 Austrian Lorenz musket. Overall it measures approximately 4” x 4”. The Lorenz was the third most used rifle-musket during the Civil War, with US purchases in excess of 250,000 and documented CS purchases of at least 100,000. While the conventional wisdom has long stated that the Lorenz’s found in .54 with block sites were CS used and the ones in .58 with long range sites were US used. However, US Ordnance Records do not bear this out. The US Government recorded purchases of Lorenz’s in .54, .55, .56, .57, .577, .58, and .59. This clearly indicates that although the US preference was to buy guns in .58 calibers, other calibers were accepted. US Ordnance records also indicate the purchase of guns with both leaf and block sites. It was recovered at the Antietam Battlefield.

This piece is in dug condition but remains very stable with no chipping and has a slight coating of varnish for preservation.

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