. Bulletin - United States National Museum. Science. Figure 6.—Rifle torch, 1880. (Smithsonian photo 46685-A.) Figure 7.—Platform torch, 1861 (Smithsonian photo 49457-A.) RIFLE TORCH, 1860 AND 1880 Figure 6 USJi'M 15386 (Unexcelled Fireworks accession) This very interesting torch of the 1860 vintage is made as a replica of the Civil War musket and similar to that claimed to have iseen used by the "Wide Awakes" of I860.' It is composed almost completely of wood with metal fittings. The muskets were very lightweight and if the common swivel-type torch was affixed to the barrel, the to

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. Bulletin - United States National Museum. Science. Figure 6.—Rifle torch, 1880. (Smithsonian photo 46685-A.) Figure 7.—Platform torch, 1861 (Smithsonian photo 49457-A.) RIFLE TORCH, 1860 AND 1880 Figure 6 USJi'M 15386 (Unexcelled Fireworks accession) This very interesting torch of the 1860 vintage is made as a replica of the Civil War musket and similar to that claimed to have iseen used by the "Wide Awakes" of I860.' It is composed almost completely of wood with metal fittings. The muskets were very lightweight and if the common swivel-type torch was affixed to the barrel, the to
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. Bulletin - United States National Museum. Science. Figure 6.—Rifle torch, 1880. (Smithsonian photo 46685-A.) Figure 7.—Platform torch, 1861 (Smithsonian photo 49457-A.) RIFLE TORCH, 1860 AND 1880 Figure 6 USJ\i'M 15386 (Unexcelled Fireworks accession) This very interesting torch of the 1860 vintage is made as a replica of the Civil War musket and similar to that claimed to have iseen used by the "Wide Awakes" of I860.' It is composed almost completely of wood with metal fittings. The muskets were very lightweight and if the common swivel-type torch was affixed to the barrel, the torch had a tendency to become top-heavy. Thus, the torch proved clumsy for the manual of arms; also, when tilted at various angles, the reserve burning fluid would spill and the flame would be adversely affected. Manv collectors ' J. Doyle DeWitt, America Goes to the Polls (Hartford, Connecticut: The Travelers Insurance Companies. August 1960). believe the torch illustrated in figure 6 to be of the 1860 period; however, the writer feels that the earlier ones did have the swivel-type torch bowl such as the one found illustrated in the cited reference in footnote 1, rather than the stationary tube type illustrated in figure 6. The end of the barrel of the illustrated torch seems to suggest a later date, for a torch of this type was not actually patented until 1880.^ Made primarily of wood and metal, this torch is 54 inches long including the wick. The stock, made of wood and forming part of the barrel, measures 40}^ inches. The muzzle of the barrel is made of tin. The trigger guard and the imitation percussion lock are both made of metal; the percussion lock was of the type used in military weapons from 1855-1863. - .See figure 27 on page 27 of this study for the patent of G. D. .Smith on the rifle torch. 20 BULLETIN 24 1: CONTRIBUTIONS FROM THE MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND TECHNOLOGY. Please note that these images are extracted from scanned page images that may have been digitally e