.58 caliber. 37" round barrel secured by three screw retained barrel bands. Bright finish, iron furniture, beech stock. Single shot muzzleloading flintlock trade musket. Unmarked with the exception of a post-1893 Liege proof house definitive black powder proof. Item features a back action flint lock, sling swivels on triggerguard bow and middle barrel band, and a thin iron flat button-head ramrod. These cheaply made and poorly fitted trade muskets were produced in the last part of the 19th and early part of the 20th century for sale and trade to some of the most remote parts of the world, where obtaining metallic cartridges was almost impossible and even percussion caps were hard to come by at best. In those regions, a flintlock musket was actually a practical firearm. An interesting anachronistic weapon from the turn of the 20th century.
Very good. Metal moderately oxidized with a mostly smooth, mottled brownish gray patina. Mechanically functional, fair bore is dark, dirty and oxidized. Stock crisp with scattered bumps, dings and mars.
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