HARPERS FERRY US Model 1816 MUSKET .69 American Civil War Infantry Antique
Flintlock to Percussion Musket Converted c. 1852
Here we present an antique Harpers Ferry U.S. Model 1816 Musket, manufactured in Harpers Ferry, Virginia circa 1816. The M1816 was in production at Springfield (325,000) and Harpers Ferry (350,000) between 1816 to 1844 with around 675,000 muskets produced during this run. Additionally, more than a dozen contractors also made Model 1816 Muskets during its production years, adding more than 146,000 muskets for a grand total of 821,421 Model 1816 Muskets produced. It saw service during the Mexican-American War and was even pressed into service during the Civil War in both the updated percussion and the old flintlock format.
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 is the type of conversion that was only done at Harper’s Ferry and Springfield and is sometimes referred to as an “armory conversion.” The last type of conversion was used late in the renovation process, beginning about 1852, and involved adding a bolster to the breech of the barrel, so it is termed the “Bolster Style” of conversion. This would have still been in service when the American Civil War began.
The overall condition is good. Original patina. Untouched smooth bore. The action is strong. The stock has a period repair at the top of the wrist. The rest of the stock shows use and remains solid. The left stock flat has clear view and proof markings that were circled by one of the previous owners. These markings will come off with a little bit of work, if desirable. Here is a musket that was already old when the American Civil War began!
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Barrel is 42 inches.
Caliber: .69 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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