Object Title

Flintlock muzzle-loading musket - Model 1809

Flintlock muzzle-loading musket - Model 1809

Date

1810

Object Number

XII.239

Provenance

Old Tower Collection

Physical Description

The Prussian Infantry Model 1809, of which this is an example, was based on the French musket of 1777 which it closely resembles with exception that the pan of the lock is fitted with a flash-guard. With ring-necked cock and bayonet catch located on the barrel band. It is equipped with brass mounts and steel swivels. The original ramrod for this musket is missing.

Techniques

Mass Maunfacture

Materials

Dimensions

OverallBore0.748 in.
OverallBore19 mm
OverallLength56.3 in.
OverallLength1430 mm
OverallWeight4.56 kg
OverallWeight10.05 lb oz
BarrelLength41.34 in.
BarrelLength1050 mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number None Visible

Calibre

19 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

Manufacturer's mark
Neisse
Lockplate
Engraved
Unknown? Regimental Markings?
SGB3
Butt
Stamped

Notes

Known as the ‘New Prussian Musket’, this particular example was manufactured at the Neisse arsenal, which was a government arm factory in Prussian Silesia.Designed with rate of fire in mind, this model incorporated the conical touchole and a cylindrical ramrod, usually of iron. Historically, no other army could match the Prussians for rate of fire, these added features were said to have increased this further to 4-5 rounds per minute on the drill ground.