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Rare Baker Contract U.S. Model 1816 Type II Flintlock Musket

.69 caliber, 42" barrel retained by three flat bands with springs, no S/N. Brown finish, walnut stock. Lock marked US / J. Baker under pan and in two vertical lines at the tail: PHILA / 1837. Breech plug tang with matching 1837 date, breech with US / AH / P inspections. A legible script NWP cartouche is present on the counterpane. Lock remains in original flint configuration and barrel appears to be original flint as well, with remote camera inspection not revealing an welding. Although produced in the post-National Armory Brown period, this musket retains some original brown lacquered finish. Retains original, full-length ramrod and both sling swivels. Colonel James Baker was the administrator of the estate of former US Ordnance Department inspector and later arms contractor Marine T. Wickham, and received a reassignment of 1,599 US US flintlock muskets from the deceased Wickham's earlier contracts. This could explain the browned finish, as the last contact issued to Wickham while he was alive was in January of 1829 (Wickham died in April 1833), and that contract would have specified US M1822 muskets with browned finish. Baker only delivered a total of 900 of the muskets under the contract reassignment with another 300 being delivered by George Schott, who received a reassignment of the 300 guns from the Baker contract. It is believed that even the Schott contract guns were produced by Baker. Other than the Schott arms, the Baker-manufactured US M1816 series musket is the rarest of the contractors to produce those arms, with only 900 delivered. Rarely do these muskets appear for sale and practically never in original flint. This untouched example would be a true centerpiece in an advanced collection of US M1816/22/28 flintlock muskets.

Condition:

Very good and untouched. Metal retains some of the original lacquer browned finish, mixed with moderate amounts of brown surface oxidation and some scattered surface roughness. The meal shows only scattered light to moderate pitting that is mostly around the breech, but shows large amounts of evenly distributed surface crust and roughness. Markings remain clear on the lock, weaker on the barrel due to pitting and erosion. Lock mechanically functional, good bore is evenly oxidized and shows some scattered pitting and is quite dirty.  Stock shows wear but retains good edges and shows numerous scattered bumps, dings and mars.

Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$1,998
05/01/2019

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