Original U.S. Civil War Era Springfield Model 1842 Percussion Musket by Springfield Armory dated 1849

Item Description

Original item: One Only. 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 is marked with an "American Eagle" over US, and the lock plate tail is marked SPRING / FIELD / 1849. Many of these muskets were produced under contract, however this example was made at Springfield Armory itself. 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. The barrel nocks form still has faint V / P / Eagle's Head proof marks visible, and the tang date of 1849 is still visible, which is rare.

All iron mounts this .69 caliber musket is in good condition, with the original ramrod present, original bands, and both sling swivels still present. Having seen use it is speckled with old pits near the cap bolster, but is still in fine condition and really good for display. The cap nipple is definitely worn down and broken, but the lock still functions correctly, holding correctly at half cock and firing at full.

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


Year of Manufacture: 1849
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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