FRENCH Antique CHARLEVILLE Model 1822 Perc. Pistol
Military Conversion of Flintlock to Percussion
Here we present an antique French Model 1822 Percussion Pistol, made circa 1822 at the armory at Charleville. In 1717, a flintlock musket for the French infantry was standardized. This became the first standard flintlock musket to be issued to all French troops. While it is more correctly called a French infantry musket or a French pattern musket, these muskets later became known as “Charleville muskets”, after the armory in Charleville-Mézières, Ardennes, France. The standard French infantry-long gun was also produced at Tulle, Saint-Étienne, Maubeuge Arsenal, and other sites. While technically not the correct name for these muskets, the use of the name Charleville dates back to the U.S. Revolutionary War, when Americans tended to refer to all of the musket and pistol models as Charlevilles. It was built for military use and features a huge .69 caliber bore. It began life as a flintlock, but was soon updated to the new standard of percussion, a much more reliable system.
The lock is marked “M R/de Charleville”. The top left side of the barrel is marked “C. de 17, 6”. The barrel tang is marked “1822” and “T”. Spangled proof marks are found throughout.
The overall condition is good. The iron parts have a gray patina. The numerous are mostly legible. The walnut stock shows much use and remains solid. The bore is smooth and a bit dim. The action is excellent.
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Barrel is 7-7/8 inches in length.
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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