Original U.S. Civil War Era Battlefield Pickup Springfield Model 1842 Percussion Musket dated 1848

Item Description

Original item: One of a Kind. According to the collector we purchased it from, this Springfield percussion musket was found after many years in a barn, having been forgotten about. This musket is actually was supposed to have been recovered from the Battle field of GETTYSBURG, and the barn it was found it was very close to the site. While it is an outdated model, many of these earlier Springfield Musket were pressed into service, especially by the Confederacy, who did not have the industrial capacity of the Federal Forces. It is definitely in rough shape, and we offer it as is, untouched for well over 100 years.

The US Model 1842 Musket was a .69 caliber musket manufactured and used in the United States during the 19th Century. It was a continuation of the Model 1816 line of muskets but is generally referred to by its own model number rather than just a variant of the Model 1816. All of these muskets were 58 inches long, with a barrel around 42 inches in length.

The Model 1842 was the last U.S. smoothbore musket produced. Many features that had been retrofitted into the Model 1840 were standard on the Model 1842. The Model 1842 was the first U.S. musket to be produced with a percussion lock, though most of the Model 1840 flintlocks ended up being converted to percussion locks before reaching the field. The percussion cap system was vastly superior to the flintlock, being much more reliable and much more resistant to weather.

This example, while quite rusted, still shows faint markings on the lock plate tail: SPRING / FIELD / 1848. While some of the numbers are unclear, the "8" on the end is not, and this is definitely a model 1842, so the only year it could have been made is 1848. Many of these muskets were produced under contract, however this example was made at Springfield Armory. The rifle side plate is thin and not bulged, as typical of the Model 1842 Musket. Previous iterations had had a more pronounced side plate with a bulge in the middle. 

Condition is as shown. The ramrod is missing, but amazingly both sling swivels are still present. The lock is rust frozen, and the wood is definitely deteriorating. We made no attempts at cleaning or restoration on this musket, so it is exactly as it was found, minus some tiny pieces of wood that fell off the butt stock.

Almost certainly this musket saw service in the U.S. Civil War, very likely for the Confederacy. Ready to display!


Year of Manufacture: 1848
Caliber: .69"
Cartridge Type: Ball and Powder
Barrel Length: 42 Inches

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

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