Charleville, Rare Infantry Model 1774 Flintlock Musket in Outstanding Original Condition
Widely Used by French & Continental Soldiers During Revolutionary War
A desirable and Honest Example Supplied to American Rebels
.69 caliber, 44.75 smoothbore round barrel, date stamped at left of breech "DY76" indicating Charleville manufacture in 1776. Tang marking faint but legible "1774." Original flintlock, iron pan, high rear fence; the lock-plate is marked with a “D” above Charleville in script; other assembly marks present. The action is tight and smooth. The metal surfaces are a smooth and gorgeous plumb-brown color; lock-plate is similar color as are the pan, frizzen and hammer; barrel bands and springs, sling swivels, trigger guard and tangs, side-plate and but-plate all display the same rich color and patina. Top-mounted square bayonet lug trumpet shaped rammer also in rich plumb-brown color. The stock condition and color clearly rate as outstanding. (Specifically, as the 1770s progressed, innovations were applied…the Model 1774 trigger guard has a shortened forward end. Projecting out under the muzzle is a spring catch that snaps over the bayonet’s new rear socket ring; comb height is reduced…a steel trumpet head ramrod replaced the button head type; center band now displays a forward lip. An internal ramrod spring is secured by a convex screw in the lower band. The previous curled tip of frizzen
With a squared front edge. The lock-plates of this model are marked Charleville in script.