Large quantities of French firearms were imported for use by the American revolutionaries in their struggle against the British crown. This example was manufactured at the St. Etienne Arsenal circa 1775, right at the beginning of hostilities in the American Revolution, indicating it very likely participated in the struggle for independence. "US" marked on top of the barrel at the breech and carved into the underbelly of the stock, three proofs followed by "75" on the left side of the barrel at the breech, and "1775" marked on the barrel tang. "crown/HR" over "Manufacture/de St. Etienne" marked on the lock. Features early naval pattern brass furniture and an iron ramrod. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the lower left of the grip area above the pommel cap. Provenance: The George Moller Collection
Good, showing mottled dark patina and scattered light pitting on the iron surfaces with the balance bright, and defined markings. Brass retains a pleasing original aged golden patina. Stock is also good with scattered scratches and dents, and a few cracks visible on the right. Mechanically excellent.
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