Antique U.S. SPRINGFIELD ARMORY M1816 Percussion “CONE” Conversion Musket
With CHICAGO WORLD’S FAIR Plaque & Graffiti
Here we present an antique Springfield U.S. Model 1816 Conversion Musket, manufactured at the armory at Springfield, Massachusetts, circa 1836. This one has an interesting old placard regarding the Chicago World’s Fair depicting Machinery Hall of 1893, as well as various names carved into the stock. Both sides of the butt stock are hand carved with “SL HINE” on the left and “T.J. YORK” and “A ReeHb” on the right. There is a very good chance that these were not simply prior owners but various users of this musket though it is difficult to be sure without full names, but matches to last names and initials can be made in the roles from the Civil War.
The advent of the Model 1842 Musket made the M1816 obsolete, but not unserviceable. Eventually, most made their way to storehouses and armories. Beginning in 1848, when more than 700,000 of all types of flintlock muskets were reported in storage, the most serviceable were converted to percussion ignition. Three types of alteration were performed. All alterations involved grinding the flash pan down and replacing the hammer.
This Model 1816 flintlock musket has been converted to percussion using the Belgian Style Alteration method, more commonly known as the “Cone Type” conversion. All external lock parts were removed with the screw hole plugged, the pan ground flush with lock plate (leaving the remnants intact) and the small existing cavity in the pan filled with brass to give it a level or squared off profile along the top. The vent hole of the barrel was plugged with a nipple screwed into the threaded receptacle at the top of the barrel, set off center towards the lock side. Then, adding the distinctive arsenal, military hammer.
The overall condition is very good. The action is strong. Good smooth bore. The walnut stock is solid overall. There is an old chip missing just in front of the trigger guard though which you can see the ramrod. “US” stamped lock and buttplate. The lock is dated “1835” while the barrel reads “1836”. Here is a wonderful musket with some interesting features!
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Barrel is 36-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .69 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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