This 1834 dated Whitney Model 1816 flintlock musket with 1822 improvements is wearing an "MS" (faint) Massachusetts state ownership mark at the left of the breech. The musket has iron furniture with a bright finish and walnut, low-comb stock. The lock has a detachable brass pan and is marked: "NEW/HAVEN/1834" vertically behind the hammer and "U.S." over a crossed arrow and branch over "E.WHITNEY" at the center. "1834" dated barrel tang. "698" (faint) marked at the top center of the breech, "US/JM/P" (Justin Murphy, inspector) (faint) marked at the top of the breech, oval script "JM" inspection cartouche marked on the left stock flat. "US" marked buttplate tang. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Includes a US socket bayonet and reproduction leather sling. Provenance: The George Moller Collection
Very good with mottled brown patina overall, scattered light pitting, moderate flash pitting, and crisp lock markings. Stock is fine with scattered light scratches and dents, a few scattered gouges, chips around the middle band spring, some chips ahead of the trigger guard tang, chips ahead of and behind the lock, chips at the toe, and a crack at the left of the buttplate. Mechanically excellent. Included bayonet is very fine with some light pitting.
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