Civil War Updated POMEROY US M1816 Rifled-MUSKET
VERY NICE U.S. Musket Made in 1843!
Here we present an antique Lemuel Pomeroy US Model 1816 Musket, manufactured in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, circa 1843, converted prior to or during the American Civil War. This Model 1816 flintlock musket has been converted to percussion using the Belgian Style Alteration method, more commonly known as the “Cone Type” conversion. All external lock parts were removed with the screw hole plugged, the pan ground flush with lock plate (leaving the remnants intact) and the small existing cavity in the pan filled with brass to give it a level or squared off profile along the top. The vent hole of the barrel was plugged with a nipple screwed into the threaded receptacle at the top of the barrel, set off center towards the lock side. Then, adding the distinctive arsenal, military hammer.
The advent of the Model 1842 Musket made the M1816 obsolete, but not unserviceable. Eventually, most made their way to storehouses and armories. Beginning in 1848, when more than 700,000 of all types of flintlock muskets where reported in storage, the most serviceable where converted to percussion ignition. It saw service during the Mexican-American War and was even pressed into service during the Civil War in both the updated percussion and the old flintlock format. In the 1850’s, many 1816’s went through the conversion from flintlock to percussion.
This musket has weathered the years extremely well and still bears its original government inspection markings. Nahum W. Patch’s initials reside on the left side of the barrel, and two good inspector cartouches remain on the left side of the stock flat, one for Captain William A. Thornton and the other for Nahum W. Patch. Both the lock and the barrel tang are dated “1843”. In addition to the flintlock to percussion conversion, this one received rifling in its bore and a very neat, large tangent rear sight.
The overall condition is very good plus. The steel parts have been blued with 80% remaining. The markings are clear. The walnut stock is near fine. The bore is bright with sharp rifling. The action remains excellent, strong and crisp. Here is a fantastic example of a Model 1816 that was truly updated for an extended service life!
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Barrel is 42 inches.
Caliber: .69 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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