Model: 1809 (Date Stamped 1832)
Serial Number: 6054 (?) this is the only mark we can find, and it is on the butt plate.
Year of Manufacture: 1832
Caliber: .75 Caliber Smoothbore
Action Type: Percussion Musket (Converted From Flintlock)
Markings: There are Crown proof marks almost everywhere and the number “77” stamped on numerous parts. The breech is stamped “1832” on the top, with proof marks and a number obscured by the stock. The tow of the butt plate is marked “1832” and the rear of the plate is marked “6054”.
Barrel Length: 41”
Sights / Optics: The gun is mounted with a blade sight on the forward barrel band.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are lightly colored and oiled wood. I cannot determine if the finish of the wood is original or cleaned in the past. Cracks are starting in numerous places, including the upper tang, front and back of the lower tang (amongst other places). The LOP measures 13”. The stocks rate in about Fair overall condition.
Type of Finish: None
Finish Originality: Brass and Patina
Bore Condition: The bore is rough and the rifling is either very worn or this is a smoothbore. There is plenty of erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This gun retains about 0% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows a mottled patina on all steel parts, with scattered erosion, heavy pitting toward the breech and smooth metal towards the barrel. The brass has discolored throughout, though areas of frequent contact have been polished a bit by the contact. The Screw heads are worn, but almost all are serviceable. The markings are visible except where the pitting is severe. Overall, this gun rates in about Fair (Relic but functional) condition.
Mechanics: The action functions as designed, though the nipple is broken. We have not fired this musket.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: This is actually an interesting rifle, and though not American made certainly has a connection to the story of America. From someone with more knowledge on these rifles than us… (http://www.authentic-campaigner.com/forum/showthread.php?16325-1809-1822-Prussian-Musket)
“These muskets were part of the European trash the Feds bought to keep them out of CS hands. Check out the biography called Marcellus Hartley: A Memoir, by Judith Howe. Marcellus Hartley was dispatched to Europe to procure arms for the Federal Ordnance Department. It contains correspondence from Hartley to Sec of War Stanton in the appendix which reads (in part) "...the South has agents purchasing arms... I think it my duty to prevent them from falling into their hands... If we succeed in shutting the Confederates off from a supply of arms they must succumb." This is October 1862. He initially balks at the Prussian guns at $7 a piece because they are larger bore than the US musket standard of .69 caliber, the size which he has been instructed to buy, but he ends up purchasing 50,000 of them anyway. For a frame of reference, Enfields were then running $11 from Belgium (Liege), $14.50 from London and $13.50 from B'ham. He refers to the Prussian muskets as "72/100", but some were actually up to .80 caliber. A few, maybe 5,000 of the first lot from Stettin were rifled and sighted. Then I believe of the additional Prussian arms he purchased from Berlin, about 20,000 were rifled. The rest were smoothbore. He also bought muskets in Vienna, but I believe those were the Austrian model 1842 smoothbore tube locks.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This antique rifle can be sold in California.
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