Continental assembled musket using a mixture of French parts. Page 295 of George D. Moller's book "American Military Shoulder Arms Volume I" states, "... tens of thousands of French muskets were repaired and rebuilt in America during the [Revolutionary] war. Additional tens of thousands were fabricated from imported French metal components. Also, many more thousands would continue to be repaired and rebuilt at various U.S. repositories during the remainder of the 18th century." Similar examples are shown and described in the "American-Assembled Muskets" section of the aforementioned book. Features a top mounted bayonet lug towards the muzzle, a brass blade front sight mounted on the rear strap of the front barrel band, three iron barrel bands, and a French Model 1766 style lock with faint remnants of markings at the center. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Includes a US socket bayonet and a later 1890 dated Swiss leather sling. Provenance: The George Moller Collection
Good, exhibiting smooth brown patina overall and some scattered areas of light pitting. Stock is also good as sanded and refinished, with attractive tiger striping, scattered light scratches, a few dents, a crack ahead of the rear lock screw, a crack ahead of the lock, a large repaired section to the right of the barrel tang above the lock, a crack on either side of the buttstock, a crack at the top left of the buttplate, and a few cracks and a chip at the toe. Mechanically fine. Included bayonet is fair with scattered mild pitting.
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