Shortened Percussion Altered Virginia Manufactory Musket

.69 caliber. 33" barrel secured by two flat spring-retained barrel bands. SN: NSN. Bright finish, iron furniture, walnut stock. Single shot muzzleloading smoothbore flintlock musket altered to percussion and shortened. Lock marked VIRGINIA in block letters over Manufactory in script under the bolster and in two vertical lines at the tail RICHMOND/1818. No other visible markings are present except for a deeply struck V touch mark at the left breech. Altered to percussion with a supported brazed bolster with facets similar to the alterations performed by Thomas Adams of Richmond for the Confederacy. The musket's barrel was shortened to 33" during the period of use, but it is not clear if this was done for military service or for post war use as a fowler. The stock has been shortened as well, ending just beyond the middle barrel band. The hammer is a crude blacksmith style percussion hammer and not likely the original one used for the military alteration to percussion. The musket retains both sling swivels, but no ramrod is present.


Good. Metal with a thickly oxidized brown patina, scattered surface roughness and pitting. Metal with scattered surface rust as well. Lock mechanically functional, nipple missing from bolster. Rear lock screw replaced with a crudely fashioned one. Bore dark, dirty and pitted. Stock worn with a crude repair to a break around the tang which uses nails. Wood sanded and showing moderate to heavy wear with numerous bump, dings and mars as well as some areas of chipped and splintered loss.

Estimate: $700 - $1,000
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