.69 caliber, 42" barrel secured by three barrel bands, S/N W/a88. National Armory brown finish, color case hardened lock with removable brass pan, smooth walnut stock. Lock marked with a [spread-winged eagle]/US forward of the hammer and in three lines vertically at the tail of the lock SPRING/FIELD/1829. Tang dated 1829 as well. Breech with depressed P proof over [eagle head]/V. Serial numbered W/a 88 on top of breech, with bayonet mating code D35 on upper strap of top barrel band. Stock marked with two fine cartouches on counterpane; a script ET inspection and a script EB/3 reclassification mark from the 1840s. A fine JS final inspection cartouche is present behind the triggerguard. Lock remains in original flint configuration with perfect fit internally, matching V assembly marks on internal parts and hammer, inspection marks throughout. Tumbler, bridle, sear and internal screws all retain the majority of their original brilliant heat blued finish, with the frizzen spring retaining much of the blue as well, although duller and faded. Barrel is in original flint configuration as well with a complete unmolested touchhole that is correctly tapered and angled. Retains both original sling swivels as well as the original, full-length button head ramrod. Really a stunning example of a National Armory brown US M1822 (M1816 Type II) in an outstanding state of preservation that somehow escaped the percussion alteration program of the 1840s and 1850s.
Very fine. Retains most of the arsenal applied brown finish, with some flaking, scuffing and loss, particularly around the muzzle where the bayonet caused friction wear. Lock retains some muted case color with a dark blue-gray smoky color. All markings remain crisp and clear throughout. Lock is mechanically functional and very crisp. Bore is excellent and bright. Stock is very crisp with some feathery grain remaining, fine lines and crisp edges, showing only some scattered bumps, dings and mars from 189 years of handing and storage.
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