What is this? 1860 Enfield 2 Band Rifle

KHRISTIAN

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I cannot find any information on the barrel marking or maker of this rifle. It comes from a family in northern Tennessee and I cannot figure out any information on it. Please help!!

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KHyatt

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The broad arrow marking denotes British Military Service making it doubtful that it saw Service in the ACW.

Can you remind me/us what the numbers 24 and 25 meant? As I recall 24 was for the 58 caliber US market and 25 for the 575 caliber British military - or do I have that all wrong?
 

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It was not unusual for the retailer of English and Scottish guns to add inscribe their name on a piece. Despite Hume describing himself as "gunmaker" in some trade directories, it is thought that he was really a retailer.

Birmingham Provisional and Definitive Proof Marks. Figure 25 denotes bore (gauge) size. British practice with rifled barrels is to measure from land to land.
 
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Is it worth $1100??
For me no way to tell from the pics. If it’s in good shooting condition I would call it reasonable but as I only collect shootable ACW arms I would likely pass. As a shootable original it sounds reasonable. If it’s just a wall hanger run away.

with what looks like iron furniture it’s likely a P56... which is a plus to me.
 
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Probably a private purchase British Volunteer arm, the date is about right. Hard to say? The broad arrow is usually associated with War Department issue, but it appears to have a couple commercial proof marks and the lock is not marked VR like most government arms.

As far as value, while it has no likely Civil War provenance, $1100 does not seem to be overly expensive compared to the cost of decent original arms if the bore is in shooting condition. For that matter, even quality reproductions of the two-band P58 Enfield rifle are in that price range now.
 
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