Here is my M1866 French Chassepot rifle manufactured in 1867. This one is all original and matching except the cleaning rod! The rod is also original and has the same (French horn?) maker's mark but different serial number. I made up some paper cartridges (many thanks to all of those on the internet who paved this pathway!) and it shot OK. The chamber seal is old and brittle therefore I wore a full-face shield which was a good thing! I am now in the process of creating a new gasket to seal the chamber and some better cartridges, but for now I am very pleased.
The mark on the buttplate is of the 10e Bataillon de Chasseurs à Pied (10th Battalion Light Infantry of Foot)
This battalion fought in the Battle of Spicheren, also known as the Battle of Forbach during the Franco-Prussian War on August 6, 1870