French Charleville Model 1763 Flintlock Musket, Surcharged "US"

Description
Physical Description
French Charleville Model 1763 musket, surcharged "US" with bayonet.
Specific History
This French Charleville musket is stamped "US" on the metal lock plate.
General History
During the American War of Independence the French government supplied large quantities of muskets to the Continental army. Several arsenals in France produced muskets but the Charleville Model 1763 was the most common and soon all French muskets were referred to as "Charlevilles." In March 1777, some 25,000 Charleville muskets were received from France. George Washington implemented a resolution by the Continental Congress to stamp firearms as United States property to reduce theft.
Object Name
musket
maker
Charleville
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
wood (part material)
Measurements
overall: 59 1/2 in; x 151.13 cm
place made
France
made at
France
used
United States
associated place
United States
ID Number
1985.0783.21
accession number
1985.0783
catalog number
1985.0783.21
collector/donor number
M4L
subject
Military
Firearms
ThinkFinity
event
Revolution and the New Nation
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Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
ThinkFinity
Exhibition
Price of Freedom
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Visitor Comments

5/15/2014 12:37:16 PM
chris wieser
I was wondering about the significance of the "IN" on the side of the stock. Inspectors mark? Also, is there a "V" on the other side with an "x" over it. Do you know whose marks these would be and if this was Revolutionary War used? I have a 1766 Charlesville with the same markings. Thank you, Chris Wieser
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