c1842 Antique LEMUEL POMEROY U.S. Model 1840 .69 RIFLE-MUSKET Cartouches
1 of 7,000 U.S. Contracted Between 1840 and 1846
Here we present an antique Lemuel Pomeroy U.S. Model 1840 Rifled Musket, manufactured in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, circa 1842. This is a nice example of a scare alteration to a contractor produced U.S. M1840 flintlock musket. The model was officially designated the Model 1840 by the U.S. Ordnance Department, but since the initial design was accepted in 1835, collectors have long used the designation of M1835 or M1835/40. This indicates the initial adoption of the new pattern musket as well as the first year in which it was produced.
The Model 1840 was produced from 1840 to 1844 at the Springfield Armory in Massachusetts, with a total of 30,421 muskets produced there. This musket model never went into production at Harpers Ferry, where the last variant of the Model 1816 Musket (the M1822/28) remained in production until the adoption of the Model 1842. While the Ordnance Department had relied heavily on numerous contractors to produce muskets during the 1820s and 1830s, it only contracted with two outside vendors to produce the new pattern of musket. The Daniel Nippes Company of Mill Creek, PA delivered 5,100 of the muskets from 1842-1848 and Lemuel Pomeroy of Pittsfield, MA delivered another 7,000 from 1840 to 1846.
The overall condition is very good. Original patina. The action is excellent and strong. The bore is bright with sharp rifling. The left stock flat has two good cartouches. The stock shows use and remains solid.
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Barrel is 42 inches.
Caliber: .69 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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