Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1145: Whitney 1798 U.S. Contract Flintlock Musket

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Whitney 1798 U.S. Contract Flintlock Musket

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

Whitney 1798 U.S. Contract Flintlock Musket

Manufacturer: Whitney Arms Company
Model: 1798
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 69
Barrel: 44 3/4 inch round
Finish: brown
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 208
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 69
Class: Antique

This musket is a Model 1798 Type II as it has a faceted brass pan. Around 1,000 of these muskets were manufactured by Whitney, circa 1802-1803. The lock is stamped with an eagle over "NEW HAVEN" in the center and "U. STATES" in a vertical arch at the rear. It has a bayonet stud on top of the barrel near the muzzle, brass blade front sight on the rear strap of the upper barrel band, sling swivels holding a modern leather sling and "GM" George D. Moller collection mark at the stock toe. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Very good as reconverted to flintlock configuration, retaining much of the reapplied brown finish with the action having a smooth dark patina. There is some pitting which is heavier on the buttplate. The refinished stock is good with minor dings and scratches. Mechanically fine.

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