The Civil War Relicman,
Harry Ridgeway
.

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

relicman.com.


Ridgeway Reference Archive, Civil War weapons.
Belgian muskets.

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 relicman.com 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.



Rifled percussion musket, Belgian Liege, .69cal.
The large caliber rifled Belgian muskets were manufactured before the war, and used by both sides.  The musket is rifled and used the large size, .69 cal minie balls that are found with some frequency on the battlefield.  Parts from these weapons are also found, often at southern sites .  This musket is believed to have been manufactured by the Belgian Arsenal at Liege and exported.  Musket is rifled .69 cal, iron buttplate is relatively flat, all parts are iron polished bright, three bands secured by springs, forward band serves as a sight, two strap hooks affixed to the bands, ramrod is trumpet head, lug for saber bayonet is on the bottom of the muzzle.  Round arsenal cartouche appears on the stock on the right side, various other arsenal or inspector marks appear on the lock, barrel, and many of the parts.  Round barrel length 40.5in.
Belgian Liege.

W1092     Rifled percussion musket, Belgian Liege, .69cal.


Smoothbore percussion musket, Belgian, Drisket & Warou, .70cal.
This large caliber smoothbore Belgian musket was manufactured by Drisket & Warou.  The musket is smoothbore, at least .70 cal and could be .72 cal, iron buttplate is relatively flat, all parts are iron polished bright, two bands secured by springs, forward band serves as a sight, two strap hooks one affixed to a band, the other to the butt, ramrod is trumpet head with threads, lug for saber bayonet is on the side of the muzzle.  Lock is marked "DRISKET & WAROU", various other arsenal or inspector marks appear on the lock, barrel, and many of the parts.  Round barrel length 34in. 
Belgian
, Drisket & Warou.


W1137     Smoothbore percussion musket, Belgian, Drisket & Warou, .70cal.