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Original M1809 Potsdam Smoothbore Musket, dated 1819

M1809 Potsdam


 
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M1809 Potsdam
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Original M1809 Potsdam Smoothbore Musket, dated 1819

The Prussian model 1809 measures 56.5 inches in overall length with a 41 inch long barrel in .75 caliber smoothbore. It was originally manufactured as a flintlock weapon and later converted to a percussion firing system using a curved cone bolster seat that was forged directly onto the breech. The year of the conversion "1845' is stamped underneath the bolster on the barrel.

The 1809 model lock plate has a curved tail that terminates in a small teat. This feature distinguishes it from the later model of 1839. Both models of 1809 & 1839 were manufactured at several German armories, Potsdam, Saarn, Neisse & Suhl.

All metal parts were stamped with assembly number "16" during its conversion to ensure The barrel is secured to the stock by three brass bands retained by springs; upper band is double-strapped. There are matching assembly numbers stamped into the bands as well. Sling swivels (now missing) were attached to the trigger guard and to the center band. The trigger guard and barrel bands are all of brass. Both of the finials on the trigger guard and the toe of the butt-plate terminate in a three-pointed end design. Located on the butt-plate are a series of stamped assortment of numbers, including the year of manufacture "1819" and a likely unit designator of '20 L.R."

The stock is of a light colored beechwood which has been varnished at some point. Located on the left side of the butt is a recessed carved cheek-rest. On the breech area is the rear sight composted of a simple notched iron block mounted atop the barrel tang. The front sight is a brass blade soldered onto the strap of the top barrel band. Ramrod is trumpet-shaped and is cupped on its face.

This model of 1809 utilized a triangular type bayonet, which is available for purchase. A spring locking device is located beneath the barrel and engages an eccentric ring on the socket to complete the attachment.

Records show that the U.S. Ordnance Department purchased approximately 165,000 Prussian arms of which 100,300 were identified as smooth-bores. All of the shipments arrived in late 1861 through early 1862 when the need for arms was most urgent. There were no known Confederate contract purchases of this particular model musket, although their acquisition through battlefield capture is most likely.



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