This is a very scarce example of a Czarist Russian Model 1828 flintlock musket of the type that is known to have been used during the Crimean War (October 1853-February 1856) in which Russia took on an alliance of France, the Turkish Ottoman Empire, the United Kingdom and Italian Sardinia. It is very possible this musket found its way to the United States to see subsequent use during the Civil War. Izhevsk Arsenal manufacturer mark in Cyrillic above an "1833" date at the center of the lock. "1833" dated on the all three of the brass barrel bands, the brass side plate, brass trigger guard and around the barrel tang. "N94533" (faint) marked on the top left flat of the breech end of the barrel. Faint remnants of a cartouche visible on the right of the buttstock. A crown above a double headed Czarist Russian Eagle is marked on the brass buttplate tang. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Includes a socket bayonet and reproduction leather sling. Provenance: The George Moller Collection
Very good with scattered light pitting and wear on the barrel, and moderate pitting mixed with dark patina on the lock with otherwise nice lock markings. Brass displays an attractive bright patina. Stock is also very good as lightly sanded and re-oiled with some light scratches and dents, a crack ahead of the rear lock screw, a chip below the side plate, chips and a crack behind the barrel tang, a repaired section to the right of the barrel tang, and slightly undersized around the buttplate tang. Mechanically excellent. Included bayonet is also good with scattered light pitting.
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