Springfield U.S. Model 1851 Cadet Musket

.57 caliber smoothbore, 40" barrel, no S/N. Browned finish, color case hardened lock, smooth walnut stock. Lock marked with {eagle} / US forward of the hammer and SPRING / FIELD / 1851 vertically at the tail. Breech plug tang with matching 1851 date and standard V / P / {eagle head} proof marks at breech. Crisp script RPB cartouche on counterpane. Three spring-retained barrel bands, the upper double strapped, sling swivels, trumpet head ramrod, lug for angular socket bayonet under muzzle. Accompanied by a correct pattern US M1851 cadet socket bayonet and wooden tompion. While the US M1851 cadet musket was typically produced with a "National Armory Bright" finish, the first 300 were produced with lacquer browned finish and color case hardened locks. Interestingly, VMI was issued 300 "browned" cadet muskets out of the 500 in their initial allocation of guns, all dated 1851.


Very good. Retains some of the original lacquer browned finish, which has faded, thinned and worn and has developed scattered surface oxidation, along with scattered surface roughness and some light pitting. Lock retains much of the vivid case colors. All markings crisp and clear. Mechanically excellent, good bore with scattered oxidation and pitting. Sling swivels both slightly bent. Stock fine and crisp with light handling marks and some minor surface mars. Bayonet fine with an old coating of oil.

Estimate: $2,500 - $4,500
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