CIVIL WAR PERIOD Antique French Military Model 1840 Percussion Rifle Musket with Bayonet
An Antique Civil War Period French Military Model 1840 Percussion Musket. These muskets were originally manufactured with a .69 caliber smooth-bore barrel and then later rifled. This musket has a 42.75", .70-.71 caliber rifled steel barrel that exhibits some deep vise marks (most likely made when the breech bolster was being fitted), with inspector's marks stamped on the left and right side of the breech and marked "Mle 1840" on the top of the tang. The back-action percussion lock is marked "Mre Rle de St. ETIENNE". All parts have inspectors marks. The steel ram rod is a period replacement. The stock is solid with a 3" stress crack just in front of the lock plate and on the opposite side in front of the side plate, light scratches and dings from years of service and is in good mechanical working order.
NOTE: The French Model 1840 is almost identical to the model 1842. During the onset of the American Civil War (1860-1865), many foreign weapons of all kinds were imported by both the Union and the Confederacy. The U.S. Government (Union) purchased 25,000 of these French muskets and a great number were imported by HERMAN BOKER & COMPANY OF NEW YORK (a large supplier of foreign arms). The French Model 1842 was rated by the U.S. Ordnance Department as third-class-a serviceable but substandard arm. It is said that most of these muskets were issued to Militia units.