This U.S. Springfield Model 1795 musket was one of approximately 9,585 manufactured in the year 1814. At this time, these muskets were typically rushed into service during the turmoil of the War of 1812. The Model 1795 Musket represents many firsts in U.S. martial arms including the first standardized and official model of musket manufactured for the U.S. military and was based on the French "Charleville" Model 1766 muskets widely used during the American Revolution. The lock plate is dated "1814" at the tail and marked with the script "US" over the federal eagle and shield emblem above a downward curved "SPRINGFIELD" at the center. "1814" dated buttplate tang. The barrel has a bayonet stud on top near the muzzle. "P/eagle head/V" proofs marked at the left quarter of the breech. Brass blade front sight on the rear strap of the front barrel band. Sling swivels are mounted through studs on the middle band and trigger guard finial. Script "US" acceptance mark on the left stock flat. "CP" inspection initials and a circled script cartouche marked behind the lower tang. This example has a cheek recess in the left of the buttstock introduced in 1813, which was a feature used for less than a year. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Includes a US socket bayonet and reproduction leather sling. Provenance: The George Moller Collection
Very good with some light pitting and crisp markings on the lock and barrel. Stock is also very good with some light scratches and dents, some light chips, and nice markings in the wood. Mechanically fine. Included bayonet is good with scattered moderate pitting.
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