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Re: Springfield

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Tuesday, 23 November 2010, at 8:13 p.m., in response to Re: Springfield, posted by D Leat on Tuesday, 23 November 2010, at 6:21 p.m.

Well, I'll do what I can, and perhaps John Spangler can chime in with any missing pieces.

Firstly, there is no "Model 1839". The only thing that seems to match your description would be the Model 1816 Musket, Type III, which was made at Springfield from 1831 to 1844. It is .69 calibre, smoothbore. Original finish was "National Armory Bright". About 325,000 were made. Most have been converted to percussion. Considered scarce, if not rare, in original flint. Value (from Flaydermsn 8th, probably somewhat higher today) NRA Good: $2250, NRA Fine: $6500. NRA "Good" is really fairly rough, though the older and less common the gun, the more "lenient" the grading becomes.

Military usage could have been in the Black Hawk War, other Eastern campaigns aginst the Indians, and possibly the Mexican War of 1846, though the primary weapons of that conflict would have been the later models of 1840, and 1842. Lack of a serial number pretty well precludes tracing any individual piece. Do not have my inspector-mark references with me - will to look up those initials later this evening.

Hope that helps.


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