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Model 1816 U.S. Flintlock Musket

Model 1816 U.S. Flintlock Musket
Model 1816 U.S. Flintlock Musket
Title
Model 1816 U.S. Flintlock Musket
Date 
1831
Medium 
Wood, iron, brass, steel, leather
Dimensions 
barrel length: 42 1/8 in. ( 107 cm ) Overall: 58 in. ( 147.3 cm )
Description 
Wood, iron, and brass percussion musket; bolster-type conversion to percussion system; iron furniture; button-head steel ramrod; stamped marks at center and tail of lockplate and on tang of buttplate; angular iron bayonet with beak point, full face flute, and deep back flutes; stamped marks on face and socket of bayonet; triangular leather bayonet scabbard and leather sling for musket.
Credit Line 
Gift of Ms. Alma C. Butler and Mr. Charles T. Butler
Object Number 
1960.57ab
Marks 
stamped: center of lockplate: "US" (eagle above mark) stamped: tail of lockplate: "SPRING/FIELD/1831" stamped: buttplate tang: "US" stamped: bayonet face: "US" stamped: bayonet socket: "F 39" stamped: forward band: "G 93" (probably inspector's mark) stamped: forward, middle, and rear bands: "12" (probably inspector's mark) stamped: trigger guard: "S" (probably inspector's mark)
Gallery Label 
The Model 1816 flintlock musket was the primary arm of U.S. infantrymen from 1816 until 1840. Most bolster-type alterations to percussion were performed by private contractors from the mid-1850's until the early years of the Civil War, and many of the converted flintlocks were used during the war by Union, Confederate, and state forces. According to accession records, this musket was used by Jeremiah Butler, a member of the New York State Veteran Volunteers who fought at Gettysburg in 1863.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group