Post Civil War, from South Carolina, made after disarmament. (South Carolina was occupied by Federal troops until 1877.) 36" .60 cal. barrel, probably from an earlier musket, with blade front sight. The breech sleeved in iron pipe and fitted with a hand made conical nipple underneath. The mechanism consisting of a long spring with cup fitting which engages the nipple and is held at ready by a step in the hinged post which serves as the trigger. When pulled, the cup snaps onto the percussion cap firing the gun. Hand carved wood stock. Enormous character and obviously hidden in a barn or similar for decades adding to its unique character. Truly one of a kind and quite efficient.