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    acm3

    Jan 2016
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    Musket parts???

    I found these on a property I constantly find CW relics. Today I found something I have never seen. there are the 2 large items and two small items (maybe rifle tools?). Any help would be great.
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    The biggie is a part of a rifled musket. The trigger, trigger guard, and swivel for the shoulder strap. The "L" shaped item is the guns' butt plate. The brass item is (looks brass) is a scabbard throat for a sword. Very, very nice finds indeed. The other item is a quarter....the two pronged item is an iron fork, missing the wooden handle...I was in Warrenton today....

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    Smokeythecat nailed it , very nice finds
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    acm3

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    Thanks! Any idea how to clean the rifle parts. Do you know what kind of rifle it came from or is there a way to find out?
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    The most likely is a US Springfield. Either a model 1861 or 1863, I could be wrong. Warrenton had a lot of Union activity, I believe more Union than Confederate and the Springfields had iron "furniture". You can use electrolysis (check youtube for instructions) or my favorite, wash well, the get a chemical called "Iron Out" from one of the big box hardware stores. Use a large plastic container, put the items in the container with some of the iron out. In your case maybe a cup. It's granular. Add HOT water to it and let it sit a few days. Rinse and see what you have. You can wire brush at that stage. And it DOES give off fumes so not around children or animals.
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    acm3

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    Thanks so much for the advice. Yes...it appears to be iron due to all the rust but I did get some mixed signals on my machine. I was curious about it being iron because all of the pics I found on line last night show brass "furniture" and brass does not rust. I have found a TON of Union CW items at this site so I believe it was a small camp or outpost for the Battle of Auburn (1 or 2). I made a electrolysis machine a few years ago but was not sure if I could put this in there due to the possibility there were other metals (brass) parts on the finds. I have NEVER heard of Iron Out...I will have to try it. I have used Vapo-rust on other items and was not super impressed.
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    acm3

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    Thanks for the info. I went back and started finding the rest of the musket. Still cleaning and finding more parts!!
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    Very cool find! The barrel should also be there. You can clean the parts with electrolysis, Iron Out, or soak them for several days in apple cider vinegar. Wire brush in between treatments, and (very important) make sure that you remove all the rust because if you leave some the part will continue to rust. Also regardless of the rust removal method that you use as soon as you are done you should submerge each part in melted white candle wax until all of the bubbles disappear to seal the metal and prevent future rust. The bubbles are water being displaced and when the bubbles stop you have removed all moisture and sealed the parts.
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    I think those are musket parts. The big piece on the left is the trigger guard/trigger. The thing on the far right is the butt plate.
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    The other piece on the photo to the right is the hammer mechanism.
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