70 caliber, 41.5" barrel, no S/N. A classic early continental wheellock military musket. Probably Italian, ca 1630, of a type used throughout Europe and colonial America. The massive lock with push-on safety is engraved on hammer, wheel-cover, and various small parts. All parts appear to be original of the period. The octagonal-to-round barrel has a proof at breech (unknown). Musket has iron triggerguard and buttplate and walnut full stock, with rudimentary staghorn inlay surrounding triggerguard, barrel pins, and nose cap.
What distinguishes this rare military musket from others of its type is the superb condition of its metal work. The lock has no pitting and appears to have much of its original polish. Barrel has virtually no pitting either and has considerable original polish under old grease. The stock is extremely crisp and original, with one very small age crack at toe, and two 1" inset panels at front barrel pin. The front ramrod pipe, likely of staghorn engraved to match, it missing and presumed lost. The ramrod has original scrimshawed stag-horn tip. This remarkable musket must have come from a European ancestral arsenal in order to remain in such pristine condition after centuries.
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