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Lot 191: U.S. Springfield 1842 Percussion Musket Dated 1848

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Fine U.S. Springfield Model 1842 Percussion Musket Dated 1848

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Estimated Price: $2,000 - $3,500

Fine U.S. Springfield Model 1842 Percussion Musket Dated 1848

Manufacturer: Springfield Armory U.S.
Model: 1842-Musket
Type: Musket
Gauge: 69
Barrel: 42 inch round
Finish: bright
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 322
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 94
Class: Antique
Description:

U.S. Springfield Model 1842 muskets were manufactured at the Springfield Armory between 1844-1855. This model is significant as the last U.S. martial smoothbore musket, with known use in the Mexican-American War and the U.S. Civil War. "Eagle/US" marked center of the lock, "SPRING/FIELD/1848" at the tail of the lock, "V/P/eagle head" proofs at the left of the breech, "1848" (faint) dated barrel tang, oval script "JAS" (John A. Schaeffer) inspection cartouche on the left stock flat, and a "US" marked buttplate tang.

Rating Definition:

Fine with bright polished surfaces overall, some very light pin-prick pitting, and crisp lock markings. Stock is very fine with attractive raised grains, defined edges, a few moderate scratches, and a crisp cartouche. Mechanically excellent.



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