Pottsdam Musket - Inventory Number: RIF 048
Prussian .72 caliber, Model 1809/31 smoothbore, single-shot muzzleloader in very good condition. Musket measures a total length of almost 58" with a 41¼" long barrel and is a conversion from flintlock to percussion.
The metal surfaces have a very pleasing smooth dark patina. Lockplate is a curved tail that terminates into a small teat that differentiates it from the later 1839 model. Markings are standard with none found behind the hammer. Forward of the hammer markings are sharp and feature the Prussian crown and stamped Naise.
Barrel left facet is stamped 1836 and below it are additional proofs. Mechanics are strong and crisp. Barrel is secured to the stock via three brass bands retained by springs. Upper brass band is double-strapped and has the front sight as part of the lower portion.
All brass wears a mellow bronze patina. Finials of the trigger guard and the toe of the butt plate terminate in distinct three-pointed ends. Butt plate stamped with the date of manufacture, 1836, as well as other arsenal marks.
Black walnut stock with its recessed cheek piece is handsome and strong. Wood surface is dark but has a great patina and strong figuring. There are also additional cartouches on the butt stock. Tapered hollow tip ramrod is original and bears threading at the tip. A fine Prussian Pattern 1809/31 smoothbore percussion musket.
Many of these were imported from Germany just prior to the U.S. Civil War and issued mostly to the Confederacy.
Inventory Number: RIF 048