The Civil War Relicman,
Harry Ridgeway

Winchester, Virginia, USA.
Civil War (pre 1898) weapons.

Ridgeway Reference Archive, Civil War weapons.

This is the "Ridgeway Reference Archive", a research tool for educational purposes only, and is provided at no cost to the reader.   Some of the relics listed are retained in the author's collection, most reside in other collections and are not owned by the author.  None of the items listed in this section are for sale, please refer to sales listings for items offered for sale.  This is a work in progress, I list items as I get to them, there are many patterns that are not listed yet, this list will be regularly updated as I get pictures and descriptions for more items.  I will also correct mistakes, so if you see any please tell me.  All  items listed are believed to be authentic to the Civil War or as otherwise described.   Any excavated relics have been recovered from private property with owners permission.    This information is available for research purposes, pictures may be used by permission only.

All weapons listed on this webpage are strictly manufactured before 1898, and are considered unsafe for actual use.  These are antique collectible weapons of the Civil War (most are pre 1865, unless I state otherwise) and actual firing of these weapons is not recommended for any purpose whatsoever!  Because these are all "pre 1898" weapons, no licenses are required for ownership, but common sense and good judgment should be applied.

W0877     Model 1863, Springfield 1864, Allin Conversion 1866,  "Second model trap door", .50 cal.    
After the Civil War the government converted many of the then obsolete Model 1863 muskets into breechloaders.  The barrels were completely reworked to accommodate the new .50 cal center fire cartridges by brazing a sleeve inside the barrel and installing the Allin "trap door" loading  mechanism on the breech.  The lock, stock, and bands were mostly unaltered.  Center fire breech loader, .50 cal., three bands, two strap hooks, two leaf sight, tulip head on ramrod was replaced with a cylinder head and wiper slot, threads on the end actually screw into a socket inside the stock to secure it.   Lock is marked "1864" behind the hammer, with eagle and  "US / SPRINGFIELD"  in front, manufactured by Springfield Armory, Springfield Mass.  Trap door  is marked "1866"  over eagle head.  Buttplate is marked "US".  Three bands each marked "U", strap hook on middle band and trigger guard.   Metal appearance pleasing patina with light rust, two leaf sight intact, cylinder head ramrod intact with threads, 3 bands intact, both strap hooks intact, bore is clean, rifling definite, wood solid with dings and scratches from use, mechanics fully functional, excellent example.  
Barrel length 40 inches.  
Ref:  Flayderman 9A-356.

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