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Lot 1143: Documented U.S. Springfield 1795 Type II Musket Dated 1808

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Documented U.S. Springfield Model 1795 Type II Flintlock Musket Dated 1808 with Bayonet

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,250 - $3,500

Documented U.S. Springfield Model 1795 Type II Flintlock Musket Dated 1808 with Bayonet

Manufacturer: Springfield Armory U.S.
Model: 1795
Type: Musket
Gauge: 69
Barrel: 45 inch round
Finish: bright
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 310
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 69
Class: Antique

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. Model 1795s saw heavy use during the War of 1812. Type II Model 1795s are dated from 1806 to 1809 with this example dated "1808" on the tail of the lock and the buttplate tang. Type II Model 1795 muskets are described on pages 42-47 of George D. Moller's book "American Military Shoulder Arms Volume II" with the trigger guard of this exact musket pictured on page 45 next to the caption, "From late 1806 to 1809 short trigger guards with oval-shaped front extensions were used in the production of Model 1795 (Type II) muskets at Springfield Armory." This musket also has the correct Type II markings and features including a round bottom flash pan. The lock is marked with a script "US" above an eagle and shield motif above a downward curved "SPRINGFIELD" at the center. The barrel has the standard "P/eagle/V" proof marks at the left of the breech. A large "X" is carved into the left stock flat and on the right of the buttstock. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Includes a socket bayonet and period leather sling. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Good with scattered light pitting on the barrel and mild flash pitting concentrated at the breech and on the lock and hammer. Stock is also good as sanded and re-oiled with scattered scratches and dents, a cracked/absent section on the right of the forend, slightly undersized in the ramrod channel, carvings as mentioned above, and slightly undersized at the toe. Mechanically excellent. Included bayonet is good with scattered moderate pitting, sling is very good with light cracking and age related wear.

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