This is a beautiful example of an early Mexican American War dated Model 1842 Springfield Musket complete with original 1835/42 Bayonet w/Original leather scabbard and frog. .69 Caliber w/42" barrel. Original ramrod and sling swivels intact. Overall length measures 57 1/2". Lockplate and Barrel tang are both dated "1846". Left side of the barrel marked with Springfield proofs "V" over "P" with a Springfield Eagle symbol. Left side of the stock has a magnificent original cartouche that appears to be "JAS" inside the oval shaped border. Top of buttplate marked "US" in small letters.
Overall condition is NRA Antique Exellent Plus Condition with the metal still showing most of its bright polish with slight aging and dried grease in the corners. In spite of being 161 years old, this magnificent rifle shows no signs of having ever been issued. The lines and contours of the walnut stock are just as sharp and clean as the day it was built in 1846. The grain in the wood is still raised and fresh having never been carried or handled much by human hands. The original 1835/42 pattern bayonet is Fine+ condition...still mostly bright with "US" stamped at the base of the blade. The scabbard is in Good+ to VG condition with the leather still retaining most of its original black polish but that has some light crazing and flaking on the edges. This is a very strong example of an investment grade US Springfield Musket with a desirable war-production date complete with a wonderful bayonet.