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Lot 119: Colonial Era Club Butt Flintlock Fowler/Militia Musket

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Documented Colonial Era Club Butt Flintlock Fowler/Militia Musket

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,000 - $5,000

Documented Colonial Era Club Butt Flintlock Fowler/Militia Musket

Manufacturer: American
Model: Flintlock Musket
Type: Musket
Gauge: 80
Barrel: 48 5/8 inch octagon
Finish: unknown
Stock: maple
Item Views: 951
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 70
Class: Antique

This rather coarse early long gun is shown and discussed on pages 59-60 of "American Military Shoulder Arms, Volume 1: Colonial and Revolutionary War Arms" by George Moller and described as "attributed to militia use in the British North American colonies. The lock and some of the other metal components appear to have been salvaged from earlier muskets and assembled into a plain maple stock." He notes the barrel appears to have been originally from a matchlock musket, and that the "crown/T" mark on the barrel may be the London Blacksmiths Company mark. He notes the lock as similar to those used on British muskets c. 1690-1720. It has a bead style front sight at the flared muzzle. The furniture is minimal and includes simple brass ramrod ferrules and an iron trigger guard, and the butt is bare. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Fair with dark brown patina on the barrel and trigger guard, moderate to heavy erosion on the breech section, large vent, gray patina and mild pitting on the lock which has replacement parts and a resurfaced frizzen, aged patina on the ramrod ferrules, damaged upper ferrule, and significant overall wear. The stock is also fair and has a cracked and pinned forend, chips and slivers absent, multiple cracks, and general scrapes and dings. Mechanically good. This historic weapon definitely looks like it saw some serious use during the colonial era, perhaps passed down and used by multiple generations.

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