Harpers Ferry Armory manufactured an unknown quantity of these 36 inch barrel muskets between 1817 and 1822 for Cadet use. Model 1817 Artillery/Cadet muskets are described on pages 440-444 of George D. Moller's book "American Military Shoulder Arms Volume II" with this exact musket pictured at the top of page 442. The Model 1795 lock plate is marked "HARPERS/FERRY/1817" vertically behind the hammer with the eagle and shield motif above "US" between the hammer and the fixed iron flash pan. "US" ahead of "eagle head/P" sunken oval proofs marked on the left of the breech. The full length stock is fitted with three barrel bands and sling swivels mounted on the middle band and ahead of the trigger guard. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Includes a socket bayonet and reproduction leather sling. Provenance: The George Moller Collection
Good with scattered light to moderate pitting, some light wear to the eagle with otherwise crisp markings at the tail of the lock. Stock is very good with attractive raised grain, scattered scratches and dents, a few mild gouges on the right of the forend, cracks on both ends of the lock, a crack ahead of the rear lock screw, and some chips behind the barrel tang. Mechanically fine. Included bayonet is good with scattered patches of dark pitting. A difficult to find Harpers Ferry Model 1817 Artillery/Cadet musket that would make a fine addition to any U.S. Martial collection!
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