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Springfield U.S. Model 1807 Indican Carbine Altered to Cadet Musket

.55 caliber, 33.75" pin retained round barrel, no S/N. Browned finish, brass mountings, walnut stock. Flat beveled flint lock with teat at rear with bridled and fenced, faceted iron pan. Flat beveled reinforced cock with replaced top jaw screw. Lock marked "US" in script over an eagle over SPRINGFIELD in an upturned arc. Rear of lock dated 1808, with matching date on the buttplate tang. Top of breech marked US, with  P / {eagle head} / V marks at left breech. Blank oval brass escutcheon at wrist.

Originally produced as one of the 1,201 "Indian Carbines" that were manufactured at Springfield ca 1808-1810 for distribution to "friendly Indians." Some of the guns were subsequently altered for use as Cadet Muskets during the early 1830s. The alteration included cutting back the forend and adding a combination front sight/bayonet lug to accept an angular socket bayonet. 31 muskets were so altered in 1830 for use at West Point, where they were not adopted. An additional 321 were altered in 1832, with 140 of those being sent for use by cadets in South Carolina. This is a "Type I" alteration with the stock cut back 2.5" and the front sight/bayonet lug installed on top of the barrel 1" from the muzzle. A wooden trumpet head ramrod with an iron wiper on the end is present in the ramrod channel secured by two brass thimbles and an entry pipe. The muzzle section of this exact Cadet Musket is pictured on page 363 of George Moller's American Military Shoulder Arms Volume II, when the gun was in the collection of Jack Callahan.

Provenance:Provenance: Gerald G. Fox, Jack Callahan, Peter Wainwright.

Condition:

Very good. Barrel retains much of a later applied blue finish. Lock a smoky, grayish-brown with some discoloration. All markings legible. Lock appears to be original flint with matching mating marks on the interior, including the interior of the pan. Cock appears original, top jaw may be, with the top jaw screw replaced. Mechanically functional, bore condition hard to determine due to a thick coating of grease. Stock good, lightly sanded with about 8" of the forend replaced, along with the upper ramrod pipe. A number of repaired cracks are present forward, below and to the rear of the lock mortise. No cartouche present. Some bumps and dings present as well.

Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$3,525
09/12/2018

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