Reportedly, 16,649 of these Model 1812 Type III muskets were manufactured between 1816 and 1817. Model 1812 Type III muskets are described on pages 95-100 of George D. Moller's book "American Military Shoulder Arms Volume II", with a full length picture of this exact musket on page 96 above the caption, "In November 1816 a new stock configuration with a low-comb butt was introduced into the production of Model 1812 (Type III) muskets. The forend portion of this stock is slightly longer, resulting in a 3 1/8" muzzle extension for the Model 1816 bayonet." Its trigger guard is pictured on page 100 next to the caption, "The trigger guards of Model 1812 muskets are generally similar to those of Model 1795 muskets produced at Springfield from 1809 but are somewhat shorter." It has a bayonet stud on top near the muzzle, brass blade front sight on the rear strap of the front barrel band, "1817" dated lock with "eagle and shield/US" marked at the center, "P/eagle head/V" proofs on the left breech end of the barrel, faint traces of the original serial number on top of the breech, and a "US" marked buttplate tang. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Includes a US socket bayonet and period leather sling. Provenance: The George Moller Collection
Very good as reconverted to flintlock configuration with a lightly polished barrel, some scattered spots of dark patina and scattered light pitting, and sharp lock markings. Stock is also very good as lightly sanded and re-oiled with some light scratches, a reglued section behind the barrel tang, and slightly undersized at some of the edges. Mechanically excellent. Included bayonet is also very good with scattered light pitting and sharp edges, sling is also very good with some light cracking and dried wax.
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