Model 1763 French Infantry Musket

Model 1763 French Infantry Musket
Model 1763 French Infantry Musket
Title
Model 1763 French Infantry Musket
Date 
1763-1766
Medium 
Wood, iron, brass
Dimensions 
barrel length: 44 1/2 in. ( 113 cm ) Overall: 60 7/8 in. ( 154.6 cm )
Description 
Wood, iron, and brass percussion musket; French-style alteration to percussion system; iron furniture; wooden ramrod with brass cap; stamped marks at center of lockplate; incised letters on left side of buttstock; engraved letter on sideplate.
Credit Line 
Gift of Herbert Jackson Sprague
Object Number 
1921.22
Marks 
stamped: lockplate: "RNR" (?) (also two fleurs-de-lis stamped in center, above letters) incised: buttstock: "C.T." (Charles Thomas?) engraved: sideplate: "A...." (upside down)
Gallery Label 
Beginning in 1776, French infantry muskets were imported into the colonies under contract to Congress and state committees. By the end of the war, the models 1763 and 1766 muskets had replaced the British Brown Bess as the standard American infantry arm, and provided models for the first official muskets produced after independence. This musket was used during the war by Charles W. Thomas of Marshfield, Massachusetts, and was converted to percussion by a contractor during the early 1850's.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group