1840 Nippes Maynard Tape Alteration
Daniel Nippes received a contract to produce 4000 of the Model 1840 Flintlock muskets. Deliveries commenced in 1842 and continued into 1848.
In 1848 he received a contract to convert 1000 muskets to percussion and include a Maynard Tape Primer mechanism on the lock. This conversion used the original lock plate with the primer magazine added externally. A new hammer was designed and a long drum was needed to His first delivery of 300 muskets was delivered later that same year. He received a second contract to alter an additional 1000 muskets. The entire 2000 were completed and 1700 were delivered in 1849. These muskets were sent to Texas and New Mexico for field trials at posts on the frontier. Most reports were favorable. In 1855 the Maynard tape primer system was adopted for the new series of weapons. At the start of the Civil war the army on the frontier had been rearmed with the new 1855 Rifle Muskets and these alterations went into storage.
This example is complete and original. The metal is a brown patina with scattered areas of pitting. The primer parts are present and the action is solid. The barrel markings are clear and readable. The stock is solid with strong cartouches. It has some bumps and dings and is full length.