Antique U.S. Contract Model 1816 FLINTLOCK .69 Caliber Smoothbore MUSKET
TEXAS REVOLUTION & MEXICAN-AMERICAN WAR Musket
Here we present an antique U.S. Contract Type Model 1816 Flintlock Musket, manufactured circa 1824. And though the lock is not specifically marked, we believe this is a Brooke Evans Contract Musket that was made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania due to the markings on the barrel. The Evans Contract Muskets were known to have their barrels stamped with P M/ L H and dated 1824. This musket fits that description. Evans was contracted to complete 10,000 Muskets between the years of 1824 and 1825.
The War of 1812 revealed many weaknesses in American muskets. In an attempt to improve both the design and manufacture of the musket, the Model 1812 musket was created. The Model 1816 made further improvements and replaced the Model 1812. The M1816 was a smoothbore, muzzle loading weapon which used a .69 caliber musket ball. It was in production at Springfield (325,000) and Harpers Ferry (350,000) between 1816 to 1844 with around 675,000 muskets produced during this run. Additionally, more than a dozen contractors also made the Model 1816 Muskets, like this one, during its production years, adding more than 146,000 muskets for a grand total of 821,421 M1816 Muskets produced.
It saw service during the Mexican-American War and was even pressed into service during the Civil War in both the updated percussion and the original flintlock format, due to the shortage of guns. In the 1850’s, many 1816’s went through the conversion from flintlock to percussion, which is not the case with this smoothbore. These were some of the most abundant weapons available to both sides, being in the hands of state militias, in the first days of the American Civil War. This musket is symbolic for the westward expansion of the country throughout the first half of the 19th century. The Model 1816 saw service in the Texan Revolution, including the Battle of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. After the independence of Texas, the 1816 musket was chosen as the first standard musket of the Texan army in 1839.
The overall condition is good. Strong action. The bore is in good shape. Solid walnut stock. There is a stable crack on the back of the butt stock covered by the butt plate, probably due to climate and weathering. “1824” and “PM/L.H” are stamped atop the barrel. Here is a great example of history for the collection!
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Barrel is 43 inches.
Caliber: .69 Flintlock
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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