“AL” Marked Antique HARPERS FERRY M1842 MUSKET
Antebellum Infantry Musket Made in 1847!
Here we present an antique Harpers Ferry U.S. Model 1842 Percussion Musket, manufactured circa 1847 in Harpers Ferry, Virginia. The Model 1842 was the first regulation percussion musket to be manufactured at both Springfield and Harpers Ferry Armories, as well as the first to be produced by both national armories with fully-interchangeable parts. These were also the last .69 caliber smoothbore arms to be produced by the U.S. government. Approximately 275,000 were manufactured between 1844 and 1855, with only one-third of these produced at Harpers Ferry. Along with usage during the Mexican-American War in 1846 through 1848, these would have been in the hands of local militia all over the antebellum United States and used by both combatants at the outbreak of the American Civil War.
The lock is marked “HARPERS FERRY 1847” and also has the federal eagle stamp over “US”. The left side of the butt stock is marked “AL” in hand-carved letters. The left stock flat is marked with a block “5”. Ramrod is threaded.
The overall condition is very good. The iron parts have a dark plum patina. The markings are clear. The stock is solid. There are a few stable cracks along the grain as seen in the photos. The bore is smooth and dark. The action is excellent. Here is a very neat old Harpers Ferry musket that would have been used during the American Civil War!
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Barrel is 42 inches.
Caliber: .69 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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