My SUPER GREAT friend many here know Tom has been after me to stop by his museum here lately, even telling an SCV compatriot Virginian exile buddy of mine a couple weeks ago when he stopped by to tell me to get my behind down there. I figured it was to go digging at his new spot at a CW and apparently Reconstruction era Camp and see the finds, (yesterday he found a pile of 32 shoulder scales in awesome condition along with a bunch of deliberately broken Union spurs), so being free from all the craziness life has thrown my way here lately today I stopped by and he had a very interesting Enfield to show me.
One as he put it "Reeks Confederate."
I'm pretty inclined to agree with Tom its Confederate It looks to me like a 1861 Tower dated P1853, cut down to a carbine with the very interesting blacksmith looking saddlebar and ring added with an iron or pewter nosecap and no sights which while I haven't looked at the bore yet I'm pretty sure its a smoothbore. Also apologies for the not so great pictures for inspection.
Photographing and showing off what I got on the internet is not really my thing as I'm a private person in that regard, but I simply got to ask what say all y'all about this different Enfield. A film director that hires me for period movies said on a recent western shoot "I don't need to know history or guns I got Pepper for that!" which while I love to have old guns, and repros of them and study they're usuage, a gun like this is out of comfort zone on passing judgement, so I like that director I got to say I got people like @ucvrelics and @Grayrock Volunteer for this and anyone else of the great pool of more knowledgeable crowd here on CWT.
Also looking under the forearm I'm seeing what looks like the remains of a "z" stamped or carved in.
Getting back on the story today, Tom said he found it in Texarkana, and then he proceeded to give it to me as a very late Birthday present as he put it! I don't know if it was his kind and giving nature, or me on the hunt here lately for a beat up old original gun not likely to offend teachers to have at Friday School Days at reenactments and let the more inquisitive of students actually put they're hands on it in hope of getting them interested in history. But whatever it was it was a shock to me he'd give me such an interesting gun!
What are y'alls thoughts? Confederate job, or very interesting post-war job?