U.S. Springfield Model 1816 Flintlock Musket

.69 caliber. 42" barrel secured by three flat, spring-retained bands. No S/N. Bright finish, smooth walnut stock. Standard Springfield lock markings, dated 1819 at tail with matching 1819 date on breech plug tang. Standard US  P / {Eagle Head} / V proofs at breech as well as a set of British London commercial proof marks, including a {Crown/GP}, {Crown/V} and a 14 gauge mark. Left barrel flat marked SM Co for local Springfield, MA contractor Springfield Manufacturing Company who supplied parts to the Springfield Armory during the period, including barrels, ramrods, bayonets and a variety of small parts. Stock with clear script sub-inspectors's cartouche on counterpane as well as a later period EB/3 classification cartouche, rating the gun as "3rd Class" for alteration to percussion. A crisp final inspection cartouche of a script S in an oval is present behind the triggerguard. Lock remains in original flint and is unaltered. Barrel appears to remain in original flint as well with well centered touchhole that is very slightly oversized. Musket retains original lower swivel on lug forward of triggerguard, upper swivel reattached with a poorly formed rivet and may be a replacement. Retains a fine, correct pattern, full-length button head ramrod that is complete with threads. The English proof marks are interesting but likely indicate that the gun was imported to the UK sometime after the 1840s when the conversion rating cartouche was added to stock. Due to strict English proof laws, even collector arms imported into the country were often proved by the London proof house during the latter part of the 19th and first part of the 20th centuries.


Fine. Metal lightly cleaned to bright with clear markings and crisp edges. Mechanically functional, fine bright bore. Stock crisp with clear markings and sharp edges, showing scattered bumps, dings and mars from handling, storage and use. 

Estimate: $2,500 - $4,000
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