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Springfield U.S. Model 1840 Flintlock Musket

.69 caliber, 42" barrel, no S/N. Bright finish, walnut stock with three spring-retained barrel bands. Original flintlock with {spread-winged eagle} / US forward of hammer, marked in three vertical lines behind the cock: SPRING  / FIELD / 1840. Lock is meticulously fit on the interior with sub-inspections throughout, including a "T" on the cock comb and an "S" under the pan. Correct, original "perfect circle" reinforced cock, original top jaw and screw. Breech plug tang dated 1841, breech with usual V / P / {eagle head} marks. Breech flat marked N H. Counterpane with crisp script TW cartouche, clear block J R inspection behind the triggerguard. US on buttplate tang. Original full-length trumpet head ramrod and sling swivels. Includes a fine condition US M1835/40 socket bayonet. While Springfield Armory produced some 30,421 of these muskets between 1840 and 1844, very few were ever issued in their original flint configuration and were subsequently altered to percussion. As such, a Springfield Arsenal M1840 musket in original flint is an exceedingly scarce US martial long arm that is missing from even most of the very advanced US military arms collections. This is a particularly fine specimen.

Condition:

Fine. Barrel is mostly bright with scattered areas of surface oxidation and discoloration and thin coat of old dried grease that could easily be cleaned off. Lock with some light pitting and discoloration. Mechanically fine, fine bore. Stock fine with crisp markings and light handling marks, retaining feathery grain. Bayonet fine. An exceptional example.

Estimate: $4,000 - $8,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$9,400
09/12/2018

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