George Moller noted this smaller Model 1763/1766 musket style carbine as a "royal carabiniers carbine." His small "GDM" collection mark is at the toe. French firearms were imported in large numbers and were key arms for the Patriots during the American Revolution. Most were Model 1763 and 1766 muskets making other U.S. marked French long guns rarer and particularly desirable. It has a bayonet stud on top near the muzzle, "*/D" poincons, "AD" on the side plate, "Manufacture/de Charleville" at the center of the lock, "US" on the tail of the lock, "TM" carved into the right side of the butt, series of notches on the front of the comb, a black leather sling, and a socket bayonet (too big). Provenance: The George Moller Collection
Good with a dark brown mix of patina and applied finish, mild pitting mainly at the breech, and general mild dings and scratches. The stock is fair with cracks and repairs including filler on the forend, lock mortise, wrist, and heel; mild scrapes and dings, and general moderate wear. Mechanically functions fine with a weak spring.
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