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Accession Number:
1988.8.1241
Makers
Hiram Berdan, New York, NY
Descriptions
wood, metal
Names
firearm
Subjects
Lincoln, Abraham
Use
rifle
Date:
ca. 1863
Dimensions:
L: 55.5 in, Barrel length: 39 in, H: 9.25 in
Credit Line:
Gift of Olin Corporation, Winchester Arms Collection
Remarks:
Breech-loading percussion rifle. American. circa 1863. unsigned (designed by Hiram Berdan). One of the most unusual firearms to have been made during the Civil War, this rifle's hammer is sculpted into a portrait bust of President Abraham Lincoln. The Cody Firearms Museum's collections boast the only known example.
Model:
Lincoln Head Hammer, designed by Hiram Berdan
Caliber/Gauge:
.44, 6 groove rifling
Publication:
Book: Liberty and Freedom, A Visual History of America's Founding Ideas; by David Hackett Fischer; Virginia Historical Society; Oxford University Press, New York; 2005; page 307

As of 06-14-2017 this object is on display in the Cody Firearms Museum.
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