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US Surcharged French Model 1766 Flintlock Musket

.71 caliber, 43.875" round barrel, no S/N. Bright finish, walnut stock with three barrel bands, the lower one without retention spring. The 6.25" flat, beveled flint lock is marked Maubeuge in script, with a US surcharge at the tail. The lock has a removable faceted, bridled iron pan, and a flat, beveled reinforced cock. Toe of stock branded with Continental Army U-STATES ownership mark. Musket retains the bell-shaped iron wire sling swivels, as well as the bayonet lug, located about .875" from the muzzle under the barrel. An old, incorrect iron ramrod is in the channel under the barrel. Musket appears to be in original flint configuration, and internal camera inspection reveals no welding at the breech, however it does appear to be an old, very high quality re-conversion from a drum bolster using original parts. This is most evident by imperfect fit of the pan on the interior of the lock. The musket shows none of the French alterations and improvements that tool place during the early 1770s, suggesting it was delivered to the Continental forces prior to the adoption of those modifications. The brand dates the gun to the Revolutionary War period, while the US surcharge of the lock indicates the gun was still in the US arsenal system during the Federal Period. A nice, untouched example of a desirable and scarce Revolutionary War used French Musket without the extensive restoration typically encountered on these guns.

Condition:

Good to very good. Metal with a very thick, heavily oxidized chocolate brown patina, with some scattered pitting, most prevalent at the breech. Barrel is about .5" short of full length. Mechanically functional, bore dark, dirty and moderately pitted. Stock well worn with numerous cracks and some old repairs, mostly notably an iron nail repair at the wrist being the lock. As the 1766 stock was much thinner and lighter than the preceding 1763 stock, this kind of damage, particularly cracking and splintering in the thin forend, is quite common. As such, the forend shows numerous areas of splintering, cracking and wood loss, as would be expected.

Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$10,575
09/12/2018

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