CIVIL WAR PRUSSIAN M1809 Antique NEISSE ARMORY Percussion CONVERSION Musket
Made Circa 1819 at the Arsenal at Neisse
Here we present an antique Prussian Neisse Arsenal Model 1809 Percussion Conversion Musket, manufactured circa 1819 at the Prussian armory at Neisse. This example would have started out life as a flintlock and likely converted for use in the American Civil War. This musket was the standard infantry weapon of the Royal Prussian Army from the 18th century until the military reforms of the 1840s. Four models were produced at Potsdam and Neisse, including the Model 1723, the Model 1740, the Model 1809, as is this one, and the Model 1831.
The Model 1809 was originally made in the flintlock format, with production after 1831 changing the name to the Model 1809/31 and shifting to the more modern and reliable percussion firing system. This musket would have been used in Prussian conflicts during the 1840s and 50s, including the Egyptian-Ottoman War, the Greater Poland Uprising, the Revolutions of 1848, and the First Schleswig War, before being sold to the United States government in the first years of the American Civil War. Though thoroughly obsolete, both the Union and the Confederacy were desperate for small arms as the South had little capability to make their own and the North had to scramble to ramp up their own production.
The overall condition is good. Strong action. The bore is in good shape for its age. This example e has maintained a solid stock with only average wear. Markings are legible. “1819” dated lock and buttplate tang. Both sling swivels are missing.
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Barrel is 41-1/8 inches.
Caliber: .72 percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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