Model 1816 U.S. Flintlock Musket

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 
1824
Medium 
Wood, iron, brass,steel
Dimensions 
Overall: 57 3/8 in. ( 145.7 cm ) barrel length: 42 in. ( 106.7 cm ) Part (bayonet length): 20 5/8 in. (52.4 cm)
Description 
Wood, iron, and brass percussion musket; French-style conversion to percussion system; iron furniture; button-head steel ramrod; stamped marks at center and tail of lockplate, barrel tang, sideplate, buttplate tang, barrel bands, and trigger guard plate; stamped proofs at breech end of barrel; stamped cartouches on left side of stock at wrist; angular iron bayonet with beak point, full face flute, and hollow back flutes.
Credit Line 
Gift of the 7th Regiment, National Guard New York
Object Number 
1951.404ab
Marks 
stamped: barrel bands, buttplate, barrel tang, sideplate, triger guard, barrel bands: "8" (inspector mark) stamped: barrel tang: "14/8" (inspector mark) stamped: breech end of barrel: "V/P" (eagle head below mark) stamped: left stock: "VPH" ; "AB" (foliate) ; (inspector marks) stamped: center lockplate: "US" ( below eagle); lockplate tail: "HARPERS/FERRY/1824" incised: left buttstock: "B" stamped: buttstock: "12" ; bottom: "IM" (probably inspector marks) stamped: bottom forestock: "3" stamped: trigger guard: "C" (inspector mark)
Gallery Label 
The Model 1816 flintlock musket was the primary arm of U.S. infantrymen from 1816 until 1840. All known French-style alterations to percussion were performed by private contractors in the early 1850's, and many of the converted flintlocks were used during the Civil War by Union, Confederate, and state forces.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group