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Lot 198: U.S. Springfield Model 1840 Flintlock Musket with Bayonet

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Very Scarce and Exceptional U.S. Springfield Model 1840 Flintlock Musket with Bayonet

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $7,500 - $12,000

Very Scarce and Exceptional U.S. Springfield Model 1840 Flintlock Musket with Bayonet

Manufacturer: Springfield Armory U.S.
Model: 1840
Type: Musket
Gauge: 69
Barrel: 42 inch round
Finish: bright
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 96
Class: Antique

The Model 1840 was the last flintlock musket manufactured by the Springfield Armory between 1840-1844, and 26,841 of the 30,421 were converted to percussion between 1849-1851, and more converted after, making examples in original flintlock configuration exceedingly rare. Only an estimated 25 remain in original flintlock configuration. Various parts inside the lock are marked with single digit and letter markings. An "eagle/US" mark is at the center of the lock and "SPRING/FIELD/1842" on the tail of the lock, "V/P/eagle head" proofs on the left of the breech above, "NH" marked on the left barrel flat, "1842" dated barrel tang, oval script "BH" inspection cartouche on the left flat, and "US" on the buttplate tang. Includes a US socket bayonet and brass tipped leather scabbard with white buff leather frog.

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retaining bright surfaces overall with only very light areas of freckling, crisp markings and crisp edges. Stock is very fine plus with attractive raised grain, defined edges, some light scratches, dents concentrated on the underside of the buttstock, a 1 1/2 inch hairline crack at the upper left of the buttplate, and a crisp cartouche. Mechanically excellent. Included bayonet is very fine with sharp edges and some scattered light pitting. The scabbard and frog are also very fine with only light age related wear and golden aged patina on the brass. An exceptional example of a very scarce U.S. Springfield Model 1840 musket still in its original flintlock configuration that saw little, if any, use at all!

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