The Muskets Of Les Miserables
Famous on the silver screen in productions such as Les Misérables, the French Models 1717, 1728 and 1746 are central to the massive changes in France during the revolution, and subsequently, across the world.
Everyone is familiar with the French Charleville musket, famous throughout the Revolutionary period and through the Napoleonic Wars, but equally as important are the guns used by Bourbon forces throughout the 17th century. Military arms standardisation began in 1717 with the Model 1717 musket, progressively being improved throughout the century, with the Model 1728 and 1746 variants following suit.
The progression of the Charleville musket from the early Model 1717 to the latest Model 1777 shows a fascinating development of a standard pattern musket, in tandem with the epoch-making time in which it was fielded.
The earliest model to be mass issued by Bourbon France. The barrel is secured using pins, much like the Brown Bess, and utilising only a single barrel band, and with distinctive drop stock. 158cm overall length, barrel length 120cm.
The first model to feature three barrel bands, including the distinctive front band. Straight stocked. 158cm overall length, barrel length 120cm.
These guns are a fantastic part of European history and would suit any collection or display of the era.
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