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US Springfield Model 1842, Rifled and Sighted Musket with Bayonet Marked US
The First Regulation Model Musket Made in Percussion by National Armories
Sighted and rifled for the Civil War…the barrel, by Harpers Ferry Armory Date/Period: 1853
Material: Walnut stock, steel
Condition: Overall fine condition, very light trivial brown speckling, action is tight and
smooth. The stock is without imperfection and displays good color.
Additional Information: .69-Caliber, 42-Inch Barrel
Designed:1842, Manufactured: 1844-1855; Altered/Improved: 1856-1859; Lock Dated:
1852; Tang: 1853; Barrel Displays the “V over P” Proof Mark and 1.“PB” over “P” …it is
not uncommon for the rifled and sighted guns to have mismatched dates, as all parts
were now interchangeable, and it was no longer necessary to use assembly marks.
The US arsenal at Springfield manufactured this Springfield Model 1842 musket
which was later factory upgraded by rifling and the addition of a US M1855 pattern long-
range rear long-range sight and new iron front sight. These features are unique to the
guns altered at the Springfield Armory. Under the barrel band is found a milled slot…a
notch unique to the Springfield Armory [Harpers Ferry barrels].
Standard marks, SPRINGFIELD over 1852 in three-line stack behind hammer; spread winged shield breasted eagle above U.S. in front of hammer; steel butt plate
marked “US”, trigger guard with attached sling pivot, forward sling pivot; ramrod having
threaded tip. The bore is clean and bright, rifling is sharp.
Overall a very good example of a scarce US Model 1842 Rifled Musket…only 10% of
the M1842 total production were rifled for Minie balls…and sighted.
1. Inspector’s mark of Philip Burkart found on M1842 muskets dated 1851, 1852
and 1854. Burkart was one of Harpers Ferry’s most valued and important
employees for many years, foreman of the barrel department and later Master
Armorer. He was an enthusiastic Confederate who became superintendent of the
rifle works when Confederate forces captured the armory in 1861. The block
letter mark has been found on a number of M1842 barrels manufactured during
the mid-1850s. See pp. 34 and 35, U.S. Military Arms Inspector marks by
Anthony Daum and Charles Pate. Mowbray Publishers, Rhode Island, 2016.
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