Sold For: $1,135
Make: Springfield Armory
Model: 1847 U.S. Artillery Musketoon
Serial Number: None
Year of Manufacture: 1854, Antique
Caliber: .69 Caliber Percussion (Cap and Ball)
Action Type: Single Shot Muzzleloading Percussion Smoothbore Rifle
Markings: The lockplate is marked with the shielded eagle over “U.S.” and is also marked “SPRING / FIELD / 1854”. The tang of the buttplate is marked “U.S.”. The top of the barrel at the rear is marked “V / P” and with the Eagles head. The left side of the butt has been engraved “JJJWT” by a previous owner.
Barrel Length: 26”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a short rounded blade fixed to the front of the double-barrel band at the front of the forend. There are no provisions for a rear sight other than sighting over the top of the barrel.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is a one-piece walnut that extends to within about 3” of the muzzle, where it is capped with a double barrel band. The forend is held with two barrel bands, with a sling swivel at the bottom of the rear band and another located just above the toe. There are cracks, one is on the bottom and runs forward about 1” from the tang. There is another crack on the bottom that runs rearwards about 4” form the rear barrel band. There is a small crack on the right side behind the lockplate. The left side of the stock has a small crack at the rear of the barrel where the corner of the wood is formed. There are spots of dark discoloration around the metal. There are numerous impact marks, bruises, scratches, draglines, and little scrapes. The LOP measures approximately 12 3/4” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The buttplate is covered with a light patina with several tiny dings and spots of moderate erosion. The buttplate is in about Good condition. The stocks rate in about Good to Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Patina
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The bore is dark and smoothbore. There is light erosion throughout but we do not see any heavy pits.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 10% of its metal finish. The lockplate shows a mottled patina with spots of discoloration and light erosion. The hammer shows wear consistent with the lockplate. The barrel shows a heavier patina than the lockplate and is considerably more brown. The barrel has numerous scattered scabs, spots of discoloration from previous oxidation, a few impact marks, and some erosion. The erosion is heaviest at the rear by the nipple. The hammer screwhead has sheared off but the hammer is still in place and functional. The barrel bands have light patina, some impact marks, and erosion. The hammer screw head has sheared off, the remaining screws are lightly distressed with serviceable slots. The markings are clear, with crisp markings on the lockplate. Overall, this rifle rates in about Good condition.
Mechanics: The hammer screw head has sheared off and the nipple appears obscured, otherwise, the action functions correctly. The hammer has a half-cock safety. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This musketoon comes with a ramrod stored under the barrel. The ramrod has a tulip shaped tip with a flat front surface and is threaded at the other end. The ramrod shows a dark patina with small scabs of solid erosion. The ramrod is in Good condition.
Our Assessment: This is a Springfield Model 1847 U.S. Musketoon with a 26” barrel chambered for .69 Caliber rounds. The rifle is in about Good overall condition and still looks quite nice. The 1847 Musketoon was produced from 1848 to 1859 and this one was produced in 1854. The bore is dark and smoothbore, with light erosion throughout. This is a good, historic M1847 Springfield smoothbore musketoon that comes with its ramrod. It would be a nice addition to any collection of U. S. military firearms from the 19th Century considering Springfield didn’t even produce 3,500. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable? (THIS SECTION DOES NOT APPLY TO OUT OF STATE RESIDENTS): This Antique CAN be sold and shipped direct in California as “the firearm use ammunition manufactured in or before 1898, for which ammunition is no longer manufactured in the United States.” Penal Code: 16170. Out of state residents can disregard this section – your local laws apply.