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Lot 3089: Documented "US" Marked Rev War French Charleville 1763 Musket

Auction Date: September 12, 2021

Documented "US" Surcharged Revolutionary War Era French Charleville Model 1763 Flintlock Musket with Bayonet

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $6,500 - $9,500

Documented "US" Surcharged Revolutionary War Era French Charleville Model 1763 Flintlock Musket with Bayonet

Manufacturer: French Military Firearms
Model: 1763
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 69
Barrel: 44 7/8 inch round
Finish: bright
Stock: walnut
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Catalog Page: 64
Class: Antique

The Model 1763 muskets were among the most heavily used firearms by the American rebels to fight the British during the Revolutionary War. A scarce amount are still in their Model 1763 configuration as seen on this example, with many updated in France to the lighter Model 1766 configuration before reaching North America, and many others going through various rebuilds during and after the war. Model 1763 infantry muskets are described on pages 333-336 of George D. Moller's book "American Military Shoulder Arms Volume I" with this exact musket photographed as the standard reference piece on pages 333 and its lock on page 335. Bayonet lug on bottom towards the muzzle, and a brass blade front sight mounted on the rear strap of the upper barrel band. "US" surcharge marked on the tail of the lock, top of the barrel at the breech, and on the ramrod. "M1763" marked on the barrel tang. Desirable "Charleville" maker mark at the center of the lock and a "crown/A" inspection mark just above. "C" marked on the inside of the trigger guard bow. Inverted "M" marked on the sideplate. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Includes US socket bayonet, leather sling, and wood tampion. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Good with dark brown patina overall and moderate flash pitting. Stock is also good as lightly sanded and re-oiled with scattered scratches, a repaired pinned section visible above the lock, repairs on either side at the front of the trigger guard, and an overall attractive figure. Mechanically fine. Included bayonet matches condition of the gun. A desirable "US" surcharged Charleville Model 1763 musket that would make a prized addition to any early U.S. martial or Revolutionary War collection!

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