This exact Daniel Nippes flintlock musket is described and photographed on pages 217-218 of George D. Moller's book "American Military Shoulder Arms Volume II", in which it states, "A musket attributed to Daniel Nippes, which is stamped with 'M' on the barrel, denoting Maryland state ownership, appears to have been made in the 1815-1820 period, because it has the low-comb stock introduced at Springfield Armory in late 1815." It shares similarities with 1808 U.S. contract muskets made after the Springfield Armory pattern with otherwise minor differences. The top of the barrel is also marked with a raised "P" in a sunken oval. Marked twice with a "W" on the left stock flat. Includes a socket bayonet marked "XX" at the base of the blade with "Moller" written in black marker on the socket, leather sling, and wood tampion. Provenance: The George Moller Collection
Fine with mostly bright surfaces mixed with scattered light surface patina, some light flash pitting, and mostly defined markings. Stock is very fine with defined edges, some light handling marks and scratches, minor chips around the lock and behind the barrel tang, a small crack on the left upper area of the buttplate, and slightly undersized at the toe. Mechanically excellent. Included bayonet is good with dark brown patina and scattered mild pitting.
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