ST. ETIENNE MANUFACTORY, FRANCE
A GOOD .69 FLINTLOCK MUSKET, MODEL 'CHARLEVILLE 1777 CORRECTED YEAR IX DRAGOON', no visible serial number,
Napoleonic period, dated for 1809, with 40 1/2in. bright iron barrel struck with French ordnance inspection stamps at breech and dated 1809, and "MLE AN 9" rounded lock engraved to centre "Mle IMP DE ST ETIENNE", with ring neck cock and detachable brass pan, full walnut stock with scalloped butt, and St. Etienne roundel dated 1809, having brass and iron mounts, comprising flat iron butt plate, trigger-guard with iron strap with finger grooves, brass bow, three spring retained barrel bands, the top and bottom ones of brass the centre band being a double iron band with sling swivel, a distinguishing feature of the rare dragoon muskets, complete with its original rod
Provenance: This is a classic French dragoon musket of the Napoleonic wars 1809 dates it to the peak of that historic conflict covering the Peninsular, the Russian war of 1812 and of course Waterloo. This model was produced until 1819, besides the dragoons it was also used by the voltigeurs, the artillery and finally the navy and national guard, from 1806 it was also some carabineers and horse grenadiers. Approx. 450,000 model 1777 year 9 muskets were made but today the survival rate is small
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