S.C. Robinson altered 2nd Model Virginia Manufactory Musket
The Virginia Manufactory of arms' origin can be traced back to 1798. In that year the the General Assembly of Virginia enacted legislation to organize and construct a state arsenal for the production of arms. Construction would commence the following year just outside of Richmond on the banks of the James River. Musket production commenced in March of 1802 and would conclude in 1821. During that time a total of approximately 58,428 muskets would be produced.
Muskets produced by the Virginia Manufactory are generally divided into three classifications based on their specific features. The earliest arms, those produced from 1803 to 1809, are considered to be the "First Model", Those muskets produced in 1810 and 1811 are generally deemed a "Transitional Model", while the arms produced from 1812 to 1821 are considered to be "Second Model" Muskets.
The musket offered here is one of the later production, Second Model Virginia Manufactory Muskets, more specifically a Second Model type 2. These muskets are identified by the shape of their locks, which are generally similar to that of the US Model 1812 musket. The lock is flat surfaced with a beveled edge. The tail end of the lock is formed by two gently curving arcs that meet at a point. When in flintlock configuration these muskets were equipped with a flat faced beveled edge cock with a forward reinforcing strap. Those muskets produced from 1812 to 1815 are found with integrally forged iron pans, while those manufactured from 1816 on wards have detachable brass pans. The rear and middle barrel bands are retained by forward projecting band springs.
This musket is an 1821 production gun as indicated by the date struck vertically behind the hammer. As is correct for guns of that year the lock was produced with a brass pan which has been milled down during the percussion alteration. A small sliver of the brass pan remains as a support for the bottom side of the brazed on cone seat. The musket has a standard 42 inch barrel, although 36 and 39 inch barrels are also correct. Virginia Manufactory muskets are generally well marked with mating numbers on all of the major iron components. This example appears to have been marked with a 6 or 9 on its component parts. V