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Re: 1839 Springfield - was just Springfield

Posted by D Leat on Wednesday, 24 November 2010, at 2:41 p.m., in response to Re: 1839 Springfield - was just Springfield, posted by Dick Hosmer on Wednesday, 24 November 2010, at 10:24 a.m.

Hello Dick - My first chance to reply - I've had to be in town for a few hours. All of your input is very much appreciated. I've been looking through more websites trying to find something similar in appearance.

It looks pretty similar to this one (if you can access this site): www.museum.nps.gov/spar/vfpcgi.exe?IDCFile=/spar/DETAILM.IDC,SPECIFIC=13334,DATABASE=36148158,

As I am not at all familiar with all the working parts of these early Springfields, and I don't really know what a conversion would look like, I've been looking at this simple diagram: www.hunter-ed.com/akm/course/ch2_know_your_muzzleloader.htm

It generally looks like the part labelled "percussion lock".

If these parts shown are all part of what would the complete musket, mine is missing the firing cap, and the "frizzen"?

This Springfield has been in Canada with my family since somewhere between 1860 to 1880 I'm guessing, and possibly earlier.


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