Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1072: Mid-17th Century "Fishtail" Style Matchlock Musket

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,250 - $3,500

Mid-17th Century "Fishtail" Style Matchlock Musket

Manufacturer: German
Model: Matchlock
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 75
Barrel: 44 inch part octagon
Finish: bright
Stock: hardwood
Item Views: 765
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 46
Class: Antique

Similar muskets in European collections have been dated to c. 1640. This one is a has an iron buttplate and separate butt extension piece which is unusual. The barrel has a blade front sight and two notch rear sights. The barrel has "O11" or "110" on the right side and traces of other marks on top by the rear sight. The counter plates are floral shaped.

Rating Definition:

Very good with gray-brown patina, oil staining, and mild pitting on the metal. The stock is also very good for its age and has some small flakes/chips, repaired cracks at the heel and toe, and some minor scratches and dings. Mechanically fine.

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