PRUSSIAN POTSDAM PERCUSSION MUSKET

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Item Code: 1000-37

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This original German longarm is a .72 caliber, Potsdam smoothbore musket in very nice condition. Musket measures a total length of almost 56.25” with a 41.25” long barrel and has been converted from flint to percussion by having a curved bolster and nipple forged on to the breech.

Left barrel facet is stamped “3824“and “1824” above a crown. Barrel surface has a nice dark but smooth appearance with some pitting at the breech. Bolster and original nipple show some light pitting also. Rear sight is a raised notch screwed to the barrel tang. Barrel is secured to the stock via three brass bands retained by springs. Bands have been cleaned. Upper band is double-strapped and mounts the front sight. Bayonet attaches by Laukart mechanism. Bore has some built up dirt and should be cleaned.

The lock plate surface is dark and matches the barrel in appearance. It has a curved tail that terminates in a small point. Markings are found forward of the hammer and consist of a worn Prussian crown over a strong “POTSDAM” over “G.S.” Mechanics work properly.

Brass trigger guard and the central barrel band are both missing the sling swivel. All brass wears a cleaned appearance. Finials of the trigger guard and the toe of the buttplate terminate in scalloped ends. Buttplate is stamped with numerous markings to include: “24,” over “20 R” over “8 C.”

Black walnut stock with its recessed cheek piece is handsome and strong. Wood has an overall light surface and may have been lightly cleaned. Stock does show minor dings, dents and light scuffs from age and use. There is one small closed age crack on top of the butt but it is nothing serious. The right side of the butt has another closed crack starting at the edge of the buttplate and running forward approx. 2.25 inches. The forearm of the stock has two expertly done wood repairs. The first is on the left side of the stock between the lower and mid band and is approx. 6.50 inches long. The other is located forward on the right side and runs for approx. 4.50 inches before disappearing under the forward double barrel band. These repairs are so well done and the wood matches so well that they almost avoided detection and were only revealed by a close examination.

Original trumpet head ramrod is present but missing its threaded tip.

Overall the weapon has a very neat and pleasing appearance.  [AD]

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