This is one of only 307 U.S. Model 1830 Cadet flintlock muskets manufactured by Springfield Armory circa 1830-1831. Of those, only 153 had 40 inch barrels like this example. These arms were specifically designed for use by West Point cadets. A stud for a socket type bayonet is positioned on top of the barrel near the muzzle, and the barrel is fastened to the stock by three barrel bands secured by springs. Brown finish with casehardened lock plate and full length stock. A sling swivel is mounted on the middle barrel band and trigger guard. Steel ramrod with trumpet shaped tip. "P/eagle head/V" proofs marked on the left breech end of the barrel, and "1830" date (faint) marked on the barrel tang. The lock plate has a separate attached brass flash pan, correctly measures 5 3/8 inches long, and is marked "SPRING/FIELD/1830" vertically behind the hammer and an eagle/shield motif over "US" is stamped ahead of the hammer. "EA" marked on the front of the trigger guard finial. "HJ" and a circled script cartouche marked behind the lower tang. "US" marked buttplate tang. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Includes a US socket bayonet and period leather sling. Provenance: The George Moller Collection
Fair with scattered moderate pitting on the polished metal, and mostly legible markings in the metal. Stock is good as sanded and re-oiled with scattered light scratches and dents, a crack ahead of the rear lock screw, a crack behind the barrel tang, cracks ahead of and behind the lock, and slightly undersized around the forend and buttplate. Mechanically fine. Included bayonet is very good with some scattered patches of light pitting, sling is good with some age related cracking and wear.
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