A .700 SARDINIAN / PIEDMONTESE MODEL 1844 PERCUSSION MUSKET MARKED TO THE LEGIONE DI CASALE OF THE ITALIAN WAR OF UNIFICATION, CIRCA 1848, serial no. 353,
with 40 1/2in. barrel with blade front-sight and fixed block vee rear-sight to tang, fitted with a small bayonet block on the underside of the muzzle, back-action lock signed 'VEY RON FILS CADET, / A ST. ETIENNE', iron mounted full walnut stock the butt stamped in an oval 'LEGIONE DI CASALE', the musket is similar to the French Pattern 1842 musket which was widely copied
Provenance: Casale was a town in Piedmont that successfully resisted the Austrians during the Italian War of Unification in 1848. The King of Sardinia Charles Albert (Carlo Albert) had the idea of a federal Italy led by the Pope and freed from the House of Habsburg, in pursuit of this dream he led his army against the Imperial Austrian army in the first war of unification 1848/49, he lost and abdicated in favour of his son King Victor Emmanuel who some years later achieved his father's dream and unified Italy. The odds are this musket was there
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