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Lot 1129: Whitney 1798 U.S. Contract Flintlock Musket with Bayonet

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

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

Whitney 1798 U.S. Contract Flintlock Musket with Bayonet

Manufacturer: Whitney Arms Company
Model: 1798
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 69
Barrel: 44 5/8 inch round
Finish: bright
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 166
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Catalog Page: 64
Class: Antique

Moller noted this musket as a Model 1798 Type I. Around 1,000 of this type were manufactured in 1801 and 1802. It has a bayonet stud on top near the muzzle, brass blade front sight on the rear strap of the upper barrel band, "eagle/NEW HAVEN." on the center of the lock, "U.STATES" on the tail of the lock (only partial final "S" at the edge), a socket bayonet with "WM" marking at the base of the blade, a modern leather sling, and "GDM" lightly stamped at the toe. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Good with mottled gray patina and moderate pitting, no visible barrel markings, faded central lock marking, and moderate overall wear. The re-oiled stock is also good and has some chips and slivers absent at the edges, general minor dings and scratches, and even re-oiled finish. The bayonet is fair and is dark brown with moderate oxidation and a crack in the socket. The frizzen does not snap open, but the lock otherwise is mechanically fine.

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