Composite French Model 1777 Flintlock Musket Reworked by Dresse Laloux of Liege

.71 caliber. 42.5" barrel secured by three flat, spring-retained bands. SN: 5659. Bright finish, iron furniture, full-length walnut stock with recessed cheek rest. Flint lock in original flint configuration with removable unfenced and bridled brass pan and rounded reinforced cock. Lock marked in script St. Etienne with an 86/{Crown}/J stamped as well. Barrel markings illegible due to cleaning. Obverse butt with a crisp TULLE arsenal cartouche, dated April of 1835. Stock also marked with crisp Dresse Laloux & Cie trademark around their bumblebee logo. Musket retains both sling swivels and a trumpet head iron ramrod. The musket is a composite of French 1777 to 1822 model parts from St. Etienee, Tulle and possibly other arsenals, assembled by Dresse-Laloux & Co of Liege for resale, likely as an African trade gun. The firm operated from circa 1867-1908. An interesting example of an early 19th century musket repurposed for trade in the late 19th century. 


Good to very good as assembled during the late 19th century from older parts. Lock remains in original flint configuration, barrel appears to be as well. Breech plug tang with filled hole that previously held the original French military rudimentary rear sight. Metal cleaned with weak markings and a dull pewter color with scattered surface oxidation and discoloration. Lock functional, bore moderately oxidized and dark. Stock sanded during the refurbishment, but markings in butt left crisp. Otherwise wood with scattered bumps, dings and mars.

Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000
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