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Catalog Number 2746
Title Rifle, Percussion, Providence Tool Company, Model 1861
Object Name Rifle
Description Single shot, .58 Cal., percussion rifle. Single round rifled bore barrel. Full wood stock. Iron alloy lock mechanism. Iron alloy mountings and ramrod. Heavily oxidized overall. Leather sling. Inscribed copper alloy plate on butt. Military issue.
Date 1863
Year Range from 1863
Year Range to 1863
Culture American
Material iron alloy, wood, leather, copper alloy
Made Providence Tool Co.
Place of Origin USA: Rhode Island, Providence
Makers mark "US, Providence Tool Co., Providence R. I. 1863" and eagle on lock plate
Copper alloy plate on butt: "Used in the war T. M. Pentzer Co. A 97th Ill. Vols"
Height (in) 8.25
Length (in) 55.87
People Vifquain, Victor
Event Civil War
History This rifle was donated by T.M. Pentzer of Springfield, Missouri in 1906. He was a member of Co. A, 97 Illinois Volunteer Infantry. The donor said "It is a relic of our great war. It has been used in battle, but I don't know that it ever killed any one, for which I am thankful." The file does not indicate if T.M. Pentzer ever lived in Nebraska, However, Victor Vifquain served with the 97th Illinois Infantry and this may be why the gun was donated to Nebraska.
Credit line Pentzer, T.M., N/R, N/R