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
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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