French Charleville Model 1763 Flintlock Musket, Surcharged "US"


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.

Maker: Charleville

Place Made: FranceMade At: FranceUsed: United StatesAssociated Place: United States

Subject: FirearmsRelated Event: Revolution and the New Nation


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Exhibition: Price of Freedom

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Credit Line: Adriana Scalamandre Bitter and Edwin Ward Bitter for the Bitter Family Collection

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1985.0783.21Accession Number: 1985.0783Catalog Number: 1985.0783.21Collector/Donor Number: M4L

Object Name: musketOther Terms: musket; Firearms; Army; Flintlock; .70 In; Smooth Bore; Muzzle Load; Sa

Physical Description: metal (overall material)wood (part material)Measurements: overall: 59 1/2 in; x 151.13 cm


Record Id: nmah_438624

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