Antique US REMINGTON/FRANKFORD Arsenal MAYNARD M1816/1856 MUSKET Conversion
New Jersey Marked Musket with BAYONET
Here we present an antique Remington/Frankford Arsenal Maynard Primer Conversion of a U.S. Model 1816 Rifled Musket, performed by Frankford Arsenal in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, circa 1858. The Model 1816 Flintlock Musket was the largest production of U.S. flintlock muskets, with over 700,000 made between Springfield and Harpers Ferry Armories, and many thousands more made by 16 different contractors. By the late 1850s, many of these arms were being updated using various percussion systems, most receiving the typical cap fired conversions. However, other conversions were also being tested, and Remington was contracted to make 20,000 Maynard Tape Priming locks in 1856. Instead of the small fulminate filled metal caps, Maynard Tape was a roll of paper that was impregnated in spots with fulminate.
The primary advantage was that the soldier did not have to fumble with tiny caps, because a small wheel inside the lock dispensed primers from the paper roll. This was the system adopted for the Model 1855, and it made sense to update still serviceable flintlocks using this method. However, only about 20,000 of these conversions were done, and the U.S. government eventually chose to go with the cap system when they produced the Model 1861 and 1863 for service during the American Civil War. Most of these various conversions undoubtedly saw combat due to weapons shortages on both sides. This example received a long-range folding rear sight.
“NJ” is stamped on the left side of the barrel as this musket went to that state’s milita. “1858” dated lock and barrel. “US” stamped butt plate tang and bayonet. “LS” engraved a top the barrel and left stock flat—this for Luther Sage, the original inspector when this musket was made in flintlock. It is really neat to see the old markings along with the ones circa 1857/1858 when it was updated with this Maynard tape percussion system. You can see the line where the barrel was shortened at the breech end.
The overall condition is very good. Strong action. Nice bore. Solid walnut stock. A very nice example of the scarce Frankford conversion for the Model 1816!
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Barrel is 42 inches.
Caliber: .69 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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