Model 1766 French Infantry Musket
Wood, iron, brass, flint
Overall: 58 1/2 in. ( 148.6 cm ) Part (barrel): 43 in. (109.2 cm)
stamped: center of lockplate: "Mre de/Maubeuge" (foliate) stamped: top center of lockplate: "CS" (crown above mark) stamped: tail of lockplate: "US" (both letters have been scratched out, but this mark was usually stamped at the lockplate tails of Frenc
Wood, iron, and brass flintlock musket; iron furniture; trumpet-head iron ramrod; stamped marks at center of lockplate, barrel tang, side plate, trigger guard, and breech end of barrel; defaced stamped mark at tail of lockplate; incised letter on right side of buttstock; brown musket flint.
Beginning in 1776, many French infantry muskets were imported into the colonies under contract to both the Continental Congress and state Committees of Safety. By the end of the Revolutionary War, the Models 1763 and 1766 muskets had replaced the British Brown Bess as the standard American infantry arm, and later provided models for the first official muskets produced at the national armories after independence.
Gift of Charles MacCauley
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