Model 1766 French Infantry Musket

Model 1766 French Infantry Musket
Model 1766 French Infantry Musket
Title
Model 1766 French Infantry Musket
Date 
1766-1770
Medium 
Wood, iron, brass, flint
Dimensions 
barrel length: 43 in. ( 109.2 cm ) Overall: 58 1/2 in. ( 148.6 cm )
Description 
Wood, iron, and brass flintlock musket; iron furniture; trumpet-head iron ramrod; stamped marks at center of lockplate, barrel tang, side plate, trigger guard, and breech end of barrel; defaced stamped mark at tail of lockplate; incised letter on right side of buttstock; brown musket flint.
Credit Line 
Gift of Charles MacCauley
Object Number 
1922.137
Marks 
stamped: center of lockplate: "Mre de/Maubeuge" (foliate) stamped: top center of lockplate: "CS" (crown above mark) stamped: tail of lockplate: "US" (both letters have been scratched out, but this mark was usually stamped at the lockplate tails of French import muskets) stamped: side plate: "R 81" (the "R" is possibly an American inspector or sub-inspector mark) stamped: barrel tang: "R" (probably American inspector or sub-inspector mark) stamped: breech end of barrel: "0" stamped: trigger guard: "R" (probably American inspector or sub-inspector mark) stamped: trigger guard: "H" (possibly American inspector or sub-inspector mark) incised: right buttstock: "A" painted: underside of forestock: "1922.137"
Gallery Label 
Beginning in 1776, many French infantry muskets were imported into the colonies under contract to both the Continental Congress and state Committees of Safety. By the end of the Revolutionary War, the Models 1763 and 1766 muskets had replaced the British Brown Bess as the standard American infantry arm, and later provided models for the first official muskets produced at the national armories after independence.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group