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Lot 1150: Documented Harpers Ferry 1816 Type III Musket Dated 1837

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Documented Harpers Ferry Model 1816 Type III Flintlock Musket Dated 1837 with Bayonet

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

Documented Harpers Ferry Model 1816 Type III Flintlock Musket Dated 1837 with Bayonet

Manufacturer: Harpers Ferry Armory Muskets And Carbines
Model: 1816-Musket
Type: Musket
Gauge: 69
Barrel: 42 inch round
Finish: bright
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 166
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 71
Class: Antique
Description:

This is one of approximately 8,200 Model 1816 muskets manufactured at Harpers Ferry in the year 1837. Model 1816 muskets were primarily used in conflicts with various Native American groups after the War of 1812 and were also used into the Mexican-American War era and the Civil War. With the majority of these Model 1816 muskets receiving various alterations to percussion, this example appears to remain in its original flintlock configuration. Model 1816 Type III muskets are described on pages 424-425 of George D. Moller's book "American Military Shoulder Arms, Volume II" with the lock of this exact musket pictured at the bottom of page 424 and the breech end of its barrel pictured at the top of page 425. The first picture caption states, "The external lock components of most Harpers Ferry Model 1816 (Type III) muskets are typically stamped with initials or numbers. 'V' is stamped into the cock's body below the throat and into the outer edge of the pan; '1' is stamped into the side of the frizzen's tail of this example. Other initials are stamped into the underside of the frizzen's pan cover. Note the large spherical lower sling swivel bolster on the guard bow's front branch." The lock is marked "HARPERS/FERRY/1837" vertically behind the hammer with the eagle and shield motif above "US" marked at the center. "1837" dated barrel tang. Serial number "B/10" is marked on top of the breech. "AB/V" ahead of "J.A.S." (John A. Schaeffer) inspection initials marked on the left stock flat. "MC" inspection initials marked behind the lower tang. Single digit assembly numbers are marked on various components. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Includes a US socket bayonet marked with serial number "Pa76" on the socket, and a period leather sling. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Very good with mostly bright surfaces, scattered areas of light pitting, a few patches of dings on top of the barrel, and crisp markings on the lock and barrel. Stock is also very good as lightly sanded and re-oiled with some light scratches and handling marks, and slightly undersized at the toe. Mechanically excellent. Included bayonet is very good with sharp edges and scattered light pitting, sling is also very good with some light cracking and age related wear.



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