The Civil War Relicman,
Harry Ridgeway

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

Ridgeway Reference Archive, Civil War weapons.
Saber bayonets, Mississippi rifle.

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.

Saber bayonet, Model 1841, Colt factory alteration to .58 cal., 1861.
The Model 1841 "Mississippi" rifle, was originally designed as .54 cal. with a thick heavy barrel without a bayonetIn the 1860's Colt was given a contract to re-bore many of the barrels to .58 cal., and a removable bayonet lug for a saber bayonet  was added.  The removable lug for the saber bayonet, barrel nose and bayonet were all serial number coordinated.  Bayonet is marked with the four digit serial number is marked on the flat side of the bayonet., and date "1861" on the ricasso of the blade.    Bayonet  blade is 25.5 in, this unusual length is a unique feature of this bayonet.
Ref: Flayderman 5J-034 (Whitney 1854), 9A-283 (Colt alteration).

W1008     Rifled percussion musket, Model 1841, Whitney, 1854, Colt factory alteration to .58 cal. with saber bayonet, .58 cal., (#4869)

W1221     Saber bayonet, Model 1841, Colt factory alteration to .58 cal., 1861., (#5694)