This musket shares some visual similarities with the Dutch Type I and Type II muskets described and pictured on pages 382-389 of George D. Moller's book "American Military Shoulder Arms Volume I" but has some features that do not conform to either of the aforementioned. Some early Dutch muskets such as this one may have been shipped to the American colonies during the French & Indian War era. Features a bayonet lug on the bottom of the barrel towards the muzzle, a brass blade front sight, a flat unmarked lock plate with beveled edges and "banana" profile, and brass furniture. A diamond shaped brass plate located behind the lower tang is punch dot marked with illegible letters. "WI" carved into the right of the buttstock. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Includes a reproduction leather sling. Provenance: The George Moller Collection
Good with smooth brown patina overall, scattered light pitting, mild flash pitting, and a repaired touch hole. Stock is also good as refinished with scattered light scratches, a small absent section on the right of the forend below the barrel line, some minor chips around the side plate and lock, a crack ahead of each of the lock screws, numerous scattered cracks around the buttstock and buttplate, and carving as mentioned above. Mechanically excellent.
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