This is a rare example of a Springfield ship musket with a shorter 42 inch barrel and features consistent with Model 1795 muskets of the time of its manufacture; attributed as intended for use by the U.S. Navy and believed to have been manufactured between 1799-1814. An 1811 inventory of the U.S. Navy's arms indicated 1,676 of these ship muskets were on hand at the time. Springfield ship muskets are described on pages 116-117 of George D. Moller's book "American Military Shoulder Arms, Volume II" with this exact musket pictured on both pages. The picture caption on page 116 states, "Springfield ship muskets were the same as currently fabricated regulation muskets, but they were assembled from barrels that were too short for regulation service pattern. Except for those specifications that relate to their 42" barrel length, all of the components and markings of these muskets are consistent with their marked year of manufacture." The lock of this exact musket is also pictured on page 38 in a different section for the Springfield Model 1795 Type I muskets. It has the second style of 1795 Type I lock marking with "SPRINGFIELD" in a downward curve behind the hammer, and at the center of the lock is the shielded eagle looking to its left above a script "US". Note the distinctive curls on the frizzen toe and top jaw guide as typically seen on the Model 1795 Type I muskets. "P/eagle head/V" proofs marked on the left quarter of the breech. Dated "1802" on the buttplate tang. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Includes a period leather sling. Provenance: The George Moller Collection
Good with scattered light pitting, mild flash pitting, restamped proofs at the breech, and nice lock markings. Stock is fair with scattered light scratches and dents, and numerous scattered cracks, chips, and repaired sections. Mechanically excellent. Included sling is very good with light cracking and age related wear.
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