250-Year Old Veteran of the Revolutionary War 1768 Charleville Musket – US Surcharged for Continental Congress Ownership
1763 series Charleville musket, with some features of the 1768 revisions. Many of these were re-stocked during and after the Revolutionary War in Cherry. This one appears to have been restocked and lacks the middle barrel band. It still retains the 44 ½” barrel in .69 caliber.
France delivered around 48,000 Charleville muskets during the war. Orders were given in 1777 to mark the arms owned by Continental Congress. Some studies have been done to date the different brands/stamps used. This has been marked on the lockplate and on the stock, near the sideplate. These marks are believed to be late war or postwar at an arsenal, possibly when it was restocked. Half-cock and full-cock work and all of the springs are working.
The 1768 Charleville would be the model from which the armorers at Springfield would base the first US military model weapon, the M1795 Springfield musket.
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