A French Charleville Dragoon Musket Pattern 1777 Corrected Year IX. 55 ½” overall, 40 ½” barrel in .69 calibre, barrel breech with inspector’s mark and dated 1813. Rounded lock plate with ring neck cock, brass pan. Lockplate marked ‘Manufre. Imple de Charleville’ with inspector’s mark. Walnut full stock with scalloped butt, with iron furniture comprising flat butt plate, trigger guard with finger ridges, 3 sprung barrel bands & side plate. Tulip ended ramrod. Later buff sling and socket bayonet.
Metal work in good condition old wood worm and a split to the butt.
A classic of the Imperial wars, the Model 1777/ Year IX Dragoon musket was produced until 1819. Besides the dragoons it was used by the Voltigeurs and the Artillery and finally the navy and the National Guard. In 1806 it was also issued to some Carabineers and Horse Grenadiers. About 7 million Charleville muskets were made but only about 450,000 of the rarer Dragoon version.