This musket is pictured and discussed on pages 166-167 of "American Military Shoulder Arms - Volume I: Colonial and Revolutionary War Arms" by George Moller. He lists it as an "American-Made Short Land Pattern Musket" and notes it is built from British style components of American manufacture and may have been made for a Committee of Safety, to fill a state contract, or for private sale to a militiaman during the Revolutionary War. The furniture is similar to a Short Land Pattern Brown Bess, but simpler. Note, for example, the lack of a sling swivel hole in the trigger guard, absence of a wrist escutcheon, and plainer ramrod pipes. Moller identified the stock as cherry. The only markings that have been found on this gun are a small "SC" marking inside the lock and George Moller's discreet "GDM" stamp near the toe. Includes a socket bayonet. Provenance: The George Moller Collection
Very good with a mix of dark brown patina and applied brown finish, mid pitting on the lock and breech section, replaced pins, aged patina on the brass, some loss on the rear of the upper ramrod pipe, and general mild wear. The stock is fine and has mild scrapes and dings, a few minor cracks, chipping at the barrel tang and nose of the lock, and minor flakes. Mechanically fine.
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