Approximately 1,005 muskets were delivered by Gurdon Huntington & Co. of Walpole, New Hampshire under a U.S. Government contract between 1799-1801. This musket is based on the pattern of the French Model 1766 muskets of the Revolutionary War. This exact Gurdon Huntington & Co. 1798 U.S. contract musket is described and pictured in George D. Moller's book "American Military Shoulder Arms, Volume II" on page 145. It is fitted with a bayonet stud on top of the barrel towards the muzzle, brass blade front sight fitted to the rear strap of the front barrel band. The lock is marked "WALPOLE/NH" vertically at the tail and is marked with an eagle and shield motif (faint/partial) at the center. "G Huntington & Co" is marked on the side plate, and "X" over "M" New England area acceptance marks are on the left stock flat. Sling swivels are fitted to the middle band and ahead of the trigger guard. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Includes a socket bayonet (does not properly fit) and period leather sling marked "14". Provenance: The George Moller Collection
Very good, exhibiting smooth mottled brown and gray patina overall with mild flash pitting. Stock is good as lightly sanded and re-oiled with some light scratches and dents, some light chips along the sides of the barrel channel, a crack ahead of the rear lock screw, some minor chips around the lock, and a few cracks on either side of the buttplate. Mechanically excellent. Included bayonet is good with scattered moderate pitting, sling is good with some cracking and age related wear.
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