tower 1863 Need advice

Discussion in 'Blackpowder & Musket' started by Moearch, Sep 26, 2010.

  1. Moearch

    Moearch New Member

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    Looking for advice. I just received a musket from old family member. Stored away for last hundred years. Patina is almost black/dark brown. Cleaned away some small areas to find "Tower 1863" on side plate, "cw James Birmingham" stamp on stock. Rifle is 46" long overall. I went on line and found some info. I believe it is a confederate musket, 2 band. Most of what I saw were 3 band. I did not want to remove any more of finish until I found what I had. Questions are, should I refinish? Does it have more value than the many thousands of common rifles used during the war. Any help would be appreciated.
     
  2. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    STOP. No, really- STOP! DO NOT CLEAN UP THE RIFLE.

    What you call crud/ dirt collectors call "patina". I have seen dozens of high value collectable firearms destroyed by "cleaning" them. Other than light oil, and rubbing (gently) with a clean cloth, DON'T.

    Any restoration should be done by an experienced restorer. Otherwise, it is like trying to "restore" a Monet oil with a can of Rustoleum.

    This is a link to a company that sells reproductions- may help identify what you have. VERY possible that it is a Civil War firearm.

    Civil War Reproduction Muskets - Taylor's & Co., Inc.

    Important PS- have you checked that there is not a load in the gun? If not, use the ramrod to check. If you do not know how, send me a PM.