Original French Napoleonic M-1777 Charleville Flintlock Musket by St. Étienne Arsenal - dated 1811

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available- as used in the American Revolution and Napoleonic war. Once as numerous as Brown Bess Muskets the French equivalent was referred to as the CHARLEVILLE Musket. However, Charleville was only one of the manufacturing Arsenals, the predominant one being St. Étienne. The design was first introduced in 1717, and went through numerous versions over the years such as the 1763 and 1766 variants, which were supplied in some quantities to the American Colonies during the Revolutionary War.

The model 1777 is very similar to the earlier Charleville muskets, however the design of the stock was modified, with a cheek rest cut into the inboard side of the butt. It also features a slanted brass priming pan and bridle, and a modified trigger guard with two rear finger ridges.

This example has all steel mounts, as brass mounts were generally only used for Naval issue. The lock is marked Manuf. Imp. de St.Étienne, the barrel tang marked M1811, indicating the year of manufacture. Differing from the Brown Bess not only using all steel mounts the barrel is secured by three-barrel bands and not pins. Very good used overall condition this musket comes with an early model all steel trumpet front ramrod. Stocks are in good condition, with some arsenal repairs.

In 1815 the final defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at the Battle of Waterloo closed the doors on the Emperor's ambitions and French Military dominance in Europe.

This is a nice example of the line musket of the day and still retains its original markings so often removed when sold off into private service. Stored for years before disposal into the civilian market when released from military stores makes these fine examples.


Year of Manufacture: 1811
Caliber: .75"
Cartridge Type: Ball and Powder
Barrel Length: 43 Inches

Overall Length: 58 Inches
Action type: Side Action Lock
Feed System: Muzzle Loaded

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