This gun is shown and discussed on pages 88 and 89 of "American Military Shoulder Arms, Volume 1: Colonial and Revolutionary War Arms" by George Moller and noted as a French trade gun that had its stock shortened and the brass bayonet lug added for use with a socket bayonet. He notes the lock is similar to those used c. 1720-1742 by the French military. The only external markings are a faint "VI" marking on the tail of the lock, the large branded "RM" on the left side of the stock, and Moller's small "GDM" collection mark near the toe. There are also "XXII" markings on some of the internal lock components. Provenance: The George Moller Collection
Good with a mix of gray and brown patina and mild oxidation/pitting on the lock and barrel, reworked pan and vent, some replaced lock parts, aged patina on the brass furniture, and general moderate overall wear. The stock is about good and has several cracks, a noticeable large sliver of wood absent under the rear of the lock plate, and period repairs. Mechanically fine.
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