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Civil War import - 1809 U/M Potsdam Musket – period alteration to Musketoon

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Solid, in pleasing condition, and most importantly, clearly original to the period including the alteration to musketoon, this European import was originally designated the Mod.1809 U/M Potsdam Musket. This particular example was originally manufactured in Potsdam Prussia in 1831 as indicated by the date on the barrel flat. Originally manufactured as a flintlock with beech wood stock and a 29 7/8 inch .70 caliber smooth bore barrel finished bright. The arm featured brass furniture and measured 56 ½ inches in overall length. Per markings on the barrel underside the gun was converted to the more modern percussion system in 1841. This was done at the Danzig Arsenal. At the outbreak of the Civil War I 1861, Union and Confederate arms buyers scoured European arsenals in an effort to supplement domestic arms supplies. While as the war progressed and better domestic arms replaced the lesser quality outdated early import arms, many saw continued use by Confederate troops. While records indicate that nearly double the number of Prussian smooth bores were contracted for by Confederates, approximately 75,000 are clearly documented as delivered to the South in 1861. The vast majority of the number being the Mod. 1809 Potsdam U/M musket. Additionally the U.S. Ordnance Department purchased approximately 165,000 Prussian arms of which 100,300 were identified as smooth-bores in 1861 through early 1862. The majority of these smooth-bores were the Mod. 1809. (see: European Arms in the Civil War by Marc Schwalm, ‎Klaus Hofmann) This offering is presented in pleasing as found and uncleaned condition with eye appealing deep natural age patina and good evidence of period use and carrying. Of special interest as having seen potential Confederate use, is the period alteration from a 3 band 56 ½ inch long musket to a more wieldy and easily carried 2 band musketoon measuring 45 inches in total length.
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A note about firearms: WE SUPPORT RESPONSIBLE CONTROL OF MODERN FIREARMS AND EMPHASIZE HERE THAT THIS PIECE IS CONSIDERED AN ANTIQUE / COLLECTABLE AND IS THEREFORE OUTSIDE RESTRICTIONS APPLICABLE TO COVERED (MODERN) FIREARMS. THE PIECE IS OFFERED AS A HISTORICAL COLLECTABLE ONLY AND THOUGH MECHANICALLY OPERABLE, IS NOT TO BE CONSIDERED FIREABLE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. PURCHASE OF THIS ITEM WILL CONSTITUTE A FULL UNDERSTANDING OF AND AGREEMENT WITH THE ABOVE.



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