Lockplate dated 1844, barrel breech 1845.
Model 1842 Springfield Percussion Musket Dated 1844-45. Assembled early in 1845. Profusely stamped with various unit markings on the stock around the breech and upper wrist as well as on the butt, near the butt on stock, and left side of stock. One of the markings that is interesting is on the upper wrist area, “15” over “T” over “N.” A very strange numbering for regular army, might it be volunteers from Tennessee in the Mexican War era? Could it be the 15th Tennessee Infantry (Confederate) during the Civil War? I am not stating definite Confederate usage, but certainly this marking a most atypical for the regular army. I doubt if the regular army issued new pattern ’42 muskets to militia, certainly not until the new pattern 1855 rifled muskets made their appearance.
.69 caliber smooth bore musket, and the first musket produced at the national armories in percussion. Made with 42 inch barrel and having clear “V / P and eagle head proofs at breech, black walnut stocked. Iron mountings were finished in the bright. The lock is marked toward the rear, “SPRING/ FIELD/ 1844” and forward of the hammer, an American eagle with federal shield stamped above “US.” Butt plate stamped “US.” Has the original trumpet shaped ramrod.
Overall the musket is in very good -fine condition with mechanics excellent, stock void of any major flaws other than minor dings, light scratches, etc. Lock smooth metal with eagle motif worn (eagle’s head showing only outer beak). Having been issued in the bright, soldiers were issued emory paper for use of keeping the metal surfaces of their musket in that bright manner, and most likely is the cause for a thinning eagle, rather than a weak strike. Other iron parts all show light peppering of pits over entire surfaces, and really only visible upon close inspection. Barrel band springs strong, Inspector cartouches present and almost clear enough to read (knowing the inspector of the period, would verify as the letters are close enough to read with help).
First year of production, and certainly a musket likely used by the regular army in the Mexican War.