MODEL 1842 SPRINGFIELD SMOOTHBORE MUSKET DATED 1850

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An original Springfield Model 1842 smoothbore .69 caliber musket in good condition. The metal surfaces are untouched and show a dark patina.

Barrel surface is speckled and turning a plumb brown throughout. There is not much by way of pitting but running the hand over some areas reveals a few rough spots. Proofmarks “V / P” and eaglehead are faint under the patina and the barrel date is not visible. Musket also retains its blade front sight on the upper barrel band. Bayonet lug is present below the muzzle. Bore is dark and dirty.

Lock has a nice even dark patina with only minor pitting in areas. Mostly around screw holes. There is a good spreadwinged eagle stamped over small “US” forward of the hammer and a crisp “SPRING / FIELD / 1850” in a stacked, three-line arrangement back of the hammer. Nipple is original but is clogged. Mechanics are strong and work properly.

Black walnut stock is in good untouched condition. Wood does exhibit numerous dings, dents and scratches as well as two or three small gauges. There is a crack running approx. 1.50 inches from the second band spring upward to the top edge of the stock where there is a 2.25 inch sliver of wood missing. The stock has several carvings. The top of the comb has the letter “H” while the wrist has an “ETC.” The flat opposite the lock also bears an “H” while just forward of the triggerguard there is a partial “E” with a full “TC.” Behind the triggerguard is another “H.”  There are no cartouche marks visible.

There is a crisp “US” stamped on the butt plate tang. Musket retains its original trumpet type steel ramrod with flat head and threaded tip that is slightly worn. Both sling swivels are present. Front barrel band has tape residue on it for some reason. Triggerguard and barrel bands match the rest of the metal. Screw heads show light wear.  [ad]

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