This musket was manufactured c. 1740-1760, likely in Liege, and may have been among the arms imported for use by the Continental Army during the American Revolution. Dutch muskets were widely used during the French & Indian War and American Revolution, and the British and their "Hessian" mercenaries also used Dutch muskets. A similar musket listed as a "European Infantry Musket Circa 1740-1760" is pictured and discussed on pages 88 and 89 of "The History of Weapons of the American Revolution" by George C. Neumann. It has a bayonet lug on the bottom of the barrel near the muzzle, no sights, a double strap upper barrel band, sling swivels on the middle barrel band and front of the trigger guard bow, "3" on the left at the breech, a serpentine side plate, and recessed cheek rest. A partial leather cartridge box with twenty-four metal sleeves for cartridges is included.
Very good with mostly bright metal with some oil staining and minor pitting, brass lined vent, and hole in the toe of the buttplate. The refinished stock is fair and has insect damage and spliced section on the butt, some chips and slivers absent, and a few cracks, and general scrapes and dings. The lock will not hold full-cock. The cartridge box is fair with the flaps and part of the belt absent and moderate wear.
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