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Lot 1124: M.T. Wickham U.S. Contract Model 1816 Transition Pattern Musket

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Documented M.T. Wickham U.S. Contract Model 1816 Transition Pattern Flintlock Musket with Bayonet

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,600 - $2,500

Documented M.T. Wickham U.S. Contract Model 1816 Transition Pattern Flintlock Musket with Bayonet

Manufacturer: Wickham
Model: 1816
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 69
Barrel: 42 1/8 inch round
Finish: bright
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 209
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 63
Class: Antique
Description:

This musket is featured and discussed on pages 414 and 415 of "American Military Shoulder Arms, Volume 2: From the 1790s to the End of the Flintlock Period" by George Moller. He notes that Wickham delivered 6,500 muskets by September of 1820 and dates this example to c. 1817. The "V/GF" acceptance mark on the left stock flat is noted as from George Flegal. The barrel is marked with "F," "P," and "U.S." at the breech. The lock is marked "M.T. WICKHAM/PHILA" on the exterior and "H. KEITH" on the interior. Small "O" assembly marks are found on most of the components, including the various lock components. Includes a socket bayonet and modern leather sling. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Good with mix of dark brown patina and applied artificial brown on the barrel, mostly dark gray and brown patina on the remaining metal surfaces, areas of mild to moderate pitting, replacement upper band springs and top jaw and possibly replaced upper bands, and generally moderate overall wear. The partially restored stock is fair and has a darkened oiled finish, cracks and repairs (most notably the splice between the lock and barrel tang), a legible cartouche, and mild dings and scratches throughout. Mechanically fine.



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