What is it vs what it is not
Hard to say what it is...it is not really one of "anything". It appears to be a conglomeration of parts from a variety of different muskets from different places. The Belgians (Liege) built muskets this way for the third world markets out a scrap heap of parts. Cone in barrel, "belgian" alteration. Lock was obviously in flint at one time. The trigger guard assy is similar to the Potsdam type but with a different trigger. Brass bands, etc. The stock is not typical of conversion muskets as it lacks a side plate. Even the Mississippi (US 1841) had a side plate. The washers and screws look like a 1861 US Springfield or similar from the side opposite the lock. Numbered parts is a giveaway, suggesting it was built by hand and fitted with parts which were marked to work together. At least the lock and hammer. Those same numbers do not appear elsewhere that I can see.
This would have a very suspect heritage as far as any US Civil War provenance. The Tower would never have issued something like this to the British army. The British were famous for their military arms. In fact, it might even have been put together from various parts fairly recently. Some look a lot newer than others.
Wickett is barking up the same tree that I am as far as heritage. John, didn't your Piedmontese have that funky rear notch sight? This one is a mix of parts in other words. Not really even a good wallhanger.
Last edited by Craig L Barry; 10-03-2008 at 02:35 PM.
Craig L Barry
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