Original Civil War Era Prussian Potsdam Model 1809 Percussion Converted Musket - dated 1821

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is an original German .75 caliber, "Potsdam" Model 1809 smoothbore, single-shot muzzleloader in very good condition. Musket measures a total length of almost 56 1/2" with a 41" long barrel and has been converted to percussion configuration. There are signs of powder burn around the breech area, so this is a gun that saw significant use after conversion to percussion, most likely in the U.S. Civil War. 

The lockplate surface has a nice gray patina, and it still has an intact CROWN / Potsdam / G L marking on the lock plate. Lockplate is a curved tail that terminates into a small teat that differentiates it from the later 1839 model. Markings are standard with none found behind the hammer. The musket is also dated 1821 on the top of the barrel, as well as on the brass butt plate. It also has a regimental marking around the date of 31. / L.W.B. 37. , probably for the 31st Landwehr Battalion, soldier 37.

The lock still functions correctly, holding at half cock and firing at full. All the brass fittings wear a mellow bronze patina. Finials of the trigger guard and the toe of the butt plate terminate in distinct three-pointed ends, correct for this model.

Black walnut stock with its recessed cheek piece is handsome and strong. The wood color is very nice with a great patina, with the expected dents and other wear from long service. There is some cracking around the lower lock screw which extends into the wrist. A fine Prussian "Potsdam" Pattern 1809 smoothbore percussion converted musket.

Many of these were imported from Germany just prior to the U.S. Civil War and issued mostly to the Confederacy.

Ready to display!


Year of Manufacture: 1821 - Converted Later
Caliber: .75 inches
Ammunition Type:  Lead Ball & Powder
Barrel Length: 41 inches

Overall Length: 56 1/2 inches
Action: Side Action Percussion Lock
Feed System: Muzzle-Loaded

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