CHARLEVILLE MUSKET CONVERTED TO PERCUSSION AND RIFLED

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Item Code: 934-21

Offered hear is a “Württemberg” (Baden) Conversion Musket. The gun is in good condition. The gun started life as French M-1816 Flintlock Musket, made at Charleville. The production date 1821 is clearly visible on the left breech of the barrel, along with proof marks. The lock clearly shows the script Charleville maker’s inscription forward of the heavy percussion hammer. The Charleville “Crown / D” is also clearly visible. The barrel has a large “St. Blasien” bolster that has been brazed over the old flintlock touchhole and a large, long-range, rear sight. The bore has been rifled with five grooves. Some of the parts screw heads are stamped with assembly numbers (“18” and “32”). All of the gun metal is bright with widely scattered light pitting. The bore of the musket is clean and bright. The rifling remains quite crisp and visible for the entire length of the bore. The musket retains its original sling swivels. The rear sight is a long-range sight added when the gun was rifled and is graduated up to 1000. The front sight is part of the front barrel band/nose cap. The original full-length ramrod is in the channel under the barrel, and it retains good threads at the end. The lock functions crisply on all positions and is mechanically excellent. The original cone (nipple) is in the bolster of the musket. The plate opposite the lock has a modern stamped 13-digit number probably a catalog number from a previous collector.

The stock is in fair condition. There are several thin contemporary chips missing along the ramrod channel. There is one recent chip along the right side at the barrel between the nose cap and the middle barrel band. There are also two cracks in this same forward area of the stock. One the left side it is a repaired split that starts under the nose cap and runs about 6”. On the right it appears to only be a crack running from the band spring to the nose cap. The stock shows a number of bumps, dings, mars and scrapes, typical of a 19th century military musket.

This a wonderful representative example of the many interesting European cast-off weapons that crossed the ocean to serve during the American Civil War, and would be a nice addition to any display of imported arms.  [jet]

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