Adam Carruth Model 1816 transition pattern muskets are described on pages 415-416 of George D. Moller's book "American Military Shoulder Arms Volume II" with this exact musket pictured on both pages. The book states, "Adam Carruth is recorded as delivering 2,240 muskets between June 1818 and September 1820." This example is marked "1818/US" at the tail of the lock and an eagle (faint) over "A. CARRUTH" marked at the center. "1819" dated barrel tang. "US" marked at the top of the breech next to a five-pointed star and "P/eagle head" proofs. "V" over "RB-R" marked on the left stock flat, the inspection initials of Robert B. Reed, and "GHD" stamp at the toe. Includes a reproduction leather sling. Provenance: The George Moller Collection
Fair with dark brown patina overall and scattered moderate pitting. Stock is good with scattered scratches, chips in the ramrod channel and behind the rear band, a chip ahead of the side plate, a chip ahead of the lock, a crack ahead of the rear lock screw, chips behind the upper tang, a few cracks behind the lock, and some chips and a patch of gouges at the toe of the stock. Mechanically fine.