Here's a great example of a relatively rare US musket. This original Model 1840 was made by Pomeroy, one of two private arsenals to produce the M1840. It is in excellent, fireable condition. The M1840 has the distinction of being America's last flintlock musket and was later replaced by the M1842. These muskets were only made for four years and because of this they are relatively rare. A majority of M1840 muskets, this particular piece included, were converted to percussion. Pomeroy M1840s were converted at the Watervliet Arsenal in New York. A very small handful of Pomeroy muskets were also "rifled and sighted". This alteration included rifling the barrel for use with the newly adopted "Burton Ball", based of the French "Minie" bullet. It also included the addition of a new set of adjustable sights to improve accuracy. It is believed that the few Pomeroy M1840's that were rifled and sighted had the conversion work done at Harper's Ferry in 1860, as part of special group of muskets that were upgraded for the State of Virginia. This means that rifled and sighted M1840s were among the first muskets to find their way into the hands of Confederate troops when the war broke out in 1861.
This particular M1840 is in excellent condition. The stock has wonderfully crisp edges; indicating that it was never sanded or refinished. The original inspector's cartouches are sharp and legible. There are no chips or cracks anywhere.
The lock features crisp legible markings and the hammer holds solid on both full and half cock.
The barrel is full length with great stamps at the breech and no major pitting around the nipple; unlike many other "cone-in-barrel" conversions. The bore features crisp sharp rifling with some light surface rust. Both front and rear sights are original and unmodified.
The furniture is all original and the ramrod is full length. This excellent musket would make for an awesome "esoteric" addition to anyone's Confederate collection.
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