OHIO STATE MILITIA Springfield Model 1840 MUSKET Antique CIVIL WAR .69 1848
OHIO Marked CIVIL WAR Musket Made in 1848
Here we present a Springfield Armory U.S. Model 1840 Musket, manufactured circa 1848 in Springfield, Massachusetts. This .69 caliber musket originally would have had a flintlock firing system and a 42-inch barrel before being converted to percussion, possibly before it ever left the factory. More than 30,000 were produced by the Springfield Armory and two independent contractors, D. Nippes and L. Pomeroy, between 1840 and 1848.
The designers of the Model 1840 anticipated that the musket would eventually be rifled and made the barrel heavier than the earlier Model 1835 accordingly. The Model 1840 was the last flintlock musket produced at Springfield Armory. Many were converted to percussion lock before they made it to the field. Although produced as a smoothbore musket, most of the Model 1840s had their barrels rifled later, as the designers had anticipated.
The lock is marked “SPRING/FIELD/1848” and has the Federal Eagle stamp. This one is also stamped with “OHIO” over the wrist and on the left stock flat, the mark of those muskets purchased by the state of Ohio for its militia that would be used during the Civil War.
The overall condition is Good. The action is strong and tight. The bore is smooth and dark with age. Polished bright. The wood is in good shape other than a couple chips. A great piece for any Ohioan or Civil War collector!
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Barrel is 42 inches.
Caliber: .69 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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