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Original Flint Model 1816 Musket
Item #: AA1139
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This is a Model 1816 Flintlock musket manufactured by L. Pomeroy of Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The Model 1816 musket was the largest production of musket by the national armories of Springfield and Harpers Ferry, with a total of 675,000 between the two. Independent contracts were also granted, including Pomeroy. Between 1817 and 1836, Pomeroy manufactured 21,600 of the Model 1816 in Type I and Type III variants. This musket measures 57 1/2" overall and has a 42" smoothbore barrel in .69 caliber. The bore is dark and rusty. The exterior of the barrel, along with all the other iron parts, has a salt and pepper aged patina. The proof marks found on the left side of the barrel near the breech read from breech to muzzle, V/PS/LargeP/eagle head. There is no visible date on the barrel tang. There is no rear sight, the front sight is a simple blade type on top of the double strap front barrel band. The bayonet lug is located on top of the barrel 1 1/2" behind the muzzle. The barrel is retained by three bands, with the front sling swivel being attached to the middle band. The rear sling swivel is no longer with the weapon. The bands are retained by springs, the rear and middle springs being in front of the bands. The original ramrod is still with the musket. The lockplate is marked with an eagle/L.POMEROY forward of the hammer and 1818/US behind the hammer. The original frizzen and brass flash pan are with the lock. This is not a reconversion from percussion back to flint. The mechanics of the lock are strong, with the hammer holding in half and full cock. When the trigger is depressed the sparks fly! The butt plate tang is stamped 1819. The walnut stock is in it's untouched, original condition. The edges are slightly rounded from almost 200 years of handling. There is an age crack that runs from the center of the lockplate flat around the wrist to the escutcheon plate on the left stock flat. The walnut has a dark aged appearance from handling and shows the expected dings and dents from use. Overall this is a nice example of a Mexican War era musket that very well could have seen service in the early days of the American Civil War.