Reportedly, 16,649 of these Model 1812 Type III muskets were manufactured between 1816 and 1817. It has a bayonet stud on top near the muzzle, brass blade front sight on the rear strap of the front barrel band, "1816" dated lock with "US/eagle and shield/SPRINGFIELD" marked at the center, "P/eagle head/V" proofs on the left breech end of the barrel, serial number "Aa 74" marked at the top of the breech end of the barrel, "1817" (7 is faint) dated barrel tang, circled script "ET" (Elisha Tobey) inspection cartouche marked on the left stock flat, and an "1816" dated buttplate tang. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Includes a US socket bayonet marked with matching serial number "Aa74" and Watervliet Arsenal leather sling. Model 1812 Type III muskets are described on pages 95-100 of George D. Moller's book "American Military Shoulder Arms Volume II". Provenance: The George Moller Collection
Very good with some scattered light pitting, and mostly clear markings in the metal. Stock is also very good with scattered light scratches, a crack on either end of the lock, a crack above the side plate, and various small chips around the buttplate. Mechanically excellent. Included bayonet is also very good with scattered light pitting and sharp edges, sling is also very good with some light cracking. A rare combination in having a matching serial numbered bayonet to accompany this attractive U.S. Springfield Model 1812 musket!
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