Per George D. Moller, "Only a few examples [of the Model 1817 Type I artillery/cadet musket] are known, two of which are in the West Point Museum. At least the first 200 Model 1817 artillery/cadet muskets made at Springfield and sent to West Point as a result of the chief of ordnance's order of February 6, 1817, are believed to be of this configuration." The Type I had a two band configuration and are much rarer than the three band configuration, the Type II. The lock has the U.S. eagle/shield marking at the center and is dated "1817" at the rear. A partial date ("18") is visible on the barrel tang. The barrel has the "P," "eagle head," and "V" proofs. "US" is marked on the buttplate tang. Sling swivels hold a leather sling. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. The socket bayonet has an illegible marking. Provenance: The George Moller Collection
Good. The barrel has a mottled gray appearance, the remaining metal surfaces have a darker patina, and there is pitting. The sanded and re-oiled stock is also good with some missing chips, a couple stress cracks including at the buttplate toe and minor handling marks. The bayonet is good with a mottled bright appearance and pitting. Mechanically excellent. An extremely scarce U.S. Springfield Model 1817 Type I Artillery/Cadet Musket missing from even the most advanced private or public U.S. militaria collections.
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