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Lot 124: Documented French Maubeuge Model 1728 Flintlock Infantry Musket

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Rare and Desirable Documented French Maubeuge Model 1728 Flintlock Infantry Musket with Bayonet

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $8,500 - $13,000

Rare and Desirable Documented French Maubeuge Model 1728 Flintlock Infantry Musket with Bayonet

Manufacturer: French
Model: Musket
Type: Musket
Gauge: 69
Barrel: 46 inch round
Finish: bright
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Active
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Catalog Page: 72
Class: Antique

This is a seldom seen and desirable example of a French Maubeuge Model 1728 flintlock infantry musket still in its original configuration. Approximately 375,000 Model 1728 muskets were manufactured in total by Saint Etienne, Charleville, and Maubeuge between 1727-1746. Most of these muskets were issued and carried by the majority of France's regular troops during the French and Indian Wars where they would see hard use, with most examples receiving various alterations throughout their service life including many being torn apart and rebuilt in various configurations for use by the American Continental Army during the Revolutionary War; making surviving examples such as this one a rarity today. French Model 1728 infantry muskets are described on pages 312-315 of George D. Moller's book "American Military Shoulder Arms Volume I" with this exact musket pictured twice on page 313. The top picture caption on page 313 states, "The Model 1728 infantry musket was the first regulation French musket equipped with three barrel bands. Until 1741 muskets were equipped with wood ramrods. Muskets produced thereafter were equipped with steel ramrods, and the wood ramrods of most existing muskets were replaced." The lower picture caption on page 313 states, "The configuration of the 1728 year-model-series lock reflects a return to the component styles used prior to 1717. The lock plate of this example is stamped 'A,' fleur-de-lis, 'R' over only faint traces of 'M B E' forward of the cock. This marking is attributed to the Royal Manufactory at Maubeuge." Features an iron ramrod, bayonet stud on top of the barrel towards the muzzle, sling rings mounted on the left of the iron middle barrel band and left stock flat, iron trigger guard with two long teardrop finials, iron S shaped side plate, and an iron buttplate with a long "wasp-waisted" tang. "IM" marked at the tail of the lock. A faint fleur-de-lis stamp is visible on the top left flat at the breech. "IIM" with stars in between the letters above "J. J. WADE" carved into the right of the buttstock. Small "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Includes a socket bayonet. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Good with smooth brown patina overall, some scattered light pitting, and moderate flash pitting. The buttplate has a large cracked/absent section at the bend and an absent half of the lower screw head. Stock is good as sanded and re-oiled with numerous scattered scratches, some scattered small chips, numerous cracked/absent sections on either side of the barrel channel, a mild chipped section and a crack ahead of the lock, a crack behind the lock, a crack ahead of the rear lock screw, some chips behind the barrel tang, a mild chip to the right of the buttplate tang, and carvings as mentioned above. Mechanically fine. Included bayonet is fair. Early French muskets such as this one are very rarely seen in any condition today. This spectacular example of a desirable French Model 1728 infantry musket, right out of George Moller's prominent collection, would make for a prized addition to any advanced early martial or Pre-Revolutionary War era collection!

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