c1846 Antique HARPERS FERRY U.S. Model 1842 Smoothbore INFANTRY MUSKET
Antebellum Musket Made in 1846
Here we present an antique Harpers Ferry U.S. Model 1842 Percussion Infantry Musket, manufactured circa 1846 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 1845” and also has federal eagle stamp. The lock is marked “U.S.” under a federal eagle. The barrel is dated “1846” on top and bears federal inspection marks on the left side. The butt plate is stamped with the number “32” and just above that the stock is numbered “55”.
The overall condition is near fine. The action is as strong as ever. The bore is in fantastic condition. “WCK” is marked on the right side of the barrel, and all markings remain clear. Here is a wonderful example of an antebellum federal musket made at Harpers Ferry and still in use for the Civil War!
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Barrel is 42 inches.
Caliber: .69 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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