.70 caliber, 43.6875" barrel, no S/N. Bright finish, walnut stock. Assembly numbered 10 on most parts. Barrel marked to the 20th VA Regiment of Princess Ann County, VA. Lock with clear VIRGINIA / Manufactory mark forward of hammer, with RICHMOND / 1807 in an arc at the tail. 6.25" flat beveled lock with integral rounded and fenced iron pan. Flat beveled swan neck cock, hammer screw an old replacement. Lock appears to be original flint in all respects and internal examination of the breech with a remote digital camera reveals no indication of welding. Touchhole shows good erosion, taper and angle. Lower swivel missing, upper swivel stud removed from middle band along with swivel. Bayonet lug on top of barrel, 1.4" from muzzle, modified to accept a brass front sight blade. Iron button head ramrod an old replacement, only measuring 42" in length. The initials WA and JW are carved in the reverse of the stock, the first set with the "A" in the form of a Masonic square & compass. Some 58,428 muskets were produced at the Virginia Manufactory ca 1802-1821. In 1807, only 1,680 were produced. A lovely example of an untouched, War of 1812 period Virginia Manufactory musket.
Very good. Metal with a thickly oxidized brown patina. Metal mostly smooth with some pitting around the breech, markings mostly clear. Mechanically functional, heavily oxidized and pitted bore. Stock with a lovely, uncleaned patina, showing scatted handling marks and a small crack at the upper rear of the lock mortise.
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