Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1115: Documented U.S. Harpers Ferry 1817 Artillery/Cadet Musket

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Extremely Scarce Documented U.S. Harpers Ferry Model 1817 Type II Artillery/Cadet Flintlock Musket with Bayonet

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $4,500 - $7,000

Extremely Scarce Documented U.S. Harpers Ferry Model 1817 Type II Artillery/Cadet Flintlock Musket with Bayonet

Manufacturer: Harpers Ferry Armory Muskets And Carbines
Model: 1817
Type: Musket
Gauge: 69
Barrel: 36 inch round
Finish: bright
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 358
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 61
Class: Antique

Harpers Ferry Armory manufactured an unknown quantity of these 36 inch barrel muskets between 1817 and 1822 for Cadet use. Model 1817 Artillery/Cadet muskets are described on pages 440-444 of George D. Moller's book "American Military Shoulder Arms Volume II" with this exact musket pictured at the bottom of page 442 (LOT 1147 of this auction is also pictured on the top of the same page). The Model 1816 lock plate is marked "HARPERS/FERRY/1822" vertically behind the hammer with the eagle and shield motif above "US" between the hammer and the detachable brass flash pan, "1822" dated barrel tang, "V/P/eagle head" (the eagle head is very faint) proofs marked on the left of the breech, and serial number "S/25" marked on top of the breech. The full length stock is fitted with three barrel bands, sling swivels mounted on the middle band and front bow of the trigger guard, and a "US" marked buttplate. "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

Rating Definition:

Very good with mostly bright surfaces, some scattered areas of light to moderate pitting, and mostly clear markings. Stock is good as heavily sanded and re-oiled with a repaired split at the wrist, an absent section on the left of the barrel ahead of the middle band, a chip behind the barrel tang and behind the lock, and scattered light scratches and dents. Mechanically fine. Included bayonet is good with scattered patches of dark pitting. A difficult to find Harpers Ferry Model 1817 Artillery/Cadet musket that would make a fine addition to any U.S. Martial collection!

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