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9150 John S. Mosby Hwy. (Rt. 50)

Upperville, VA  20185

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Item No.: 8697 Price : SOLD
Description :
Here is an original, U.S. Model 1842 Musket manufactured at Springfield Armory in 1847 and repaired at the Richmond Arsenal for use by the Confederacy. It is a percussion, .69 caliber smooth-bore arm. The M1842 has the distinction of being the first U.S. Percussion musket design adopted by the United States. It was also the last smooth-bore musket design manufactured. It was replaced by the M1855 Rifle-Musket. They continued to be issued and were used throughout the Civil War. This musket is of special interest because it was captured by the Confederacy and repaired at the Richmond Artillery Workshop of the Richmond Arsenal. The Richmond Artillery Workshop did most of the small arms repair for the arsenal. The only marking on the stock of this gun is a letter "Q" stamped in front of the trigger guard. These letters were applied at the Richmond Workshop when a repair was made, but it is not known if it was the worker who did the repair or an inspector. Examples of these markings can be seen on repaired Enfield muskets in the 2nd chapter of "The English Connection". In all likelihood, this is a Confederate made stock, but it could also be a stock captured at Harpers Ferry. This musket is in fine condition. The metal has a pewter silver patina with a very light freckling of brown. There is a little pitting at the nipple bolster. The lock works perfectly. The bore is good. There is some pitting, but the bore remains mostly smooth. The stock is in very good condition, with the usual small dings and scratches from use. There is an old chip at the forward end of the trigger guard. The stock has no inspector marks, but has a crisp letter "Q" in front of the trigger guard. There is also a larger block "W" stamped on the left side of the butt. It appears that the repair made to this gun was the replacement of the stock. There is a filed index mark on the top of the barrel and breech plug tang that may indicate additional work done. At any rate, Union muskets of known Confederate capture and usage are seldom encountered. This is a very nice example. Stock no. 23013



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