Enfield Pattern 56 Muzzle Loading Rifled Musket by GW Bales S/H Calibre .577”
A very nice, clean example of a commercial Enfield Pattern 56 Muzzle Loading Rifled Musket by GW Bales of Ipswich and London.
The volunteer movement members supplied there own rifles, equipment and uniforms and as such were free to source from preferred gunmakers who build them muskets based on the regular army pattern weapons.
This rifle is one of these being a pattern 1856, these were shortened pattern 1853s with a 33” barrel with three groove rifling and a twist of one turn in 6’ 6”.
This rifle is in very good overall condition with a nice patina for its age and all original except for the nipple, the brass flash cover and perhaps the nipple protector.
The barrel is good with strong rifling commensurate with the type.