North America, United States, Windsor Vermont, ca. 1849 CE. A great example of the Model 1841 percussion rifle, also known as a Mississippi Rifle. The steel lockplate is stamped with the makers mark “ROBBINS & LAWRENCE U.S." to the front of the hammer and "WINDSOR VT 1849" before. The stock is outfitted with brass fittings including a hinged lid for the patchbox. A double ridged sight is situated near the end of the barrel, and a steel ram rom slides freely in and out of the groove. This rifle was nicknamed during its use in the Mexican American War, when Colonel Jefferson Davis, the future leader of the Confederacy, outfitted his Mississippi regiment with the Model 1841 rifles. Size: 48" L x 4" W (121.9 cm x 10.2 cm)
Robbins, Kendall, and Lawrence were a dynamic trio - businessman, shop owner, and gun mechanic - who formed a partnership machine building business that perfected the manufacturing of precision and interchangeable parts. They won a contract to manufacture 10,000 rifles from the US government for use during the Mexican American War, and this is the only contract they are known to have done. Lawrence eventually bought-out Kendall and the company rebranded as "Robbins & Lawrence." The Robbins and Lawrence factory building is still standing and has been converted into a museum of historic machine tools, in which these men played a major part!
Provenance: private Glorieta, New Mexico, USA collection; ex-Jim Gordon collection, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
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Loss to wood stock near buttcap as shown and old insect bore holes. Cannot open patch pocket. Abrasions and fissures to wood with splintering along ram rod groove. The iron ram rod moves freely. Trigger and hammer articulate, but are slightly stiff. Barrel not rifled. Gun has not been tested for firing functionality.