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Lot 132: French Model 1766/1771 Flintlock Cavalry Musketoon

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,500 - $4,000

French Model 1766/1771 Flintlock Cavalry Musketoon

Manufacturer: St. Etienne
Model: Flintlock
Type: Carbine
Gauge: 69
Barrel: 31 1/8 inch round
Finish: bright
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 490
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 75
Class: Antique

George Moller noted it as a Model 1766/71 Cavalry Musketoon. On page 346 of "American Military Shoulder Arms, Vol. 1" he notes that the main difference from the Model 1763/66 (Type I) Cavalry Musketoon is that this model, which he lists as a Model 1763-1766 (Type II) Cavalry Musketoon in the book, has a rounder nose on the stock, and they have the Model 1770-1771 style locks when made at St. Etienne like this one. It has a blade front sight on the rear of the upper barrel band, faint markings on the tang and breech section including a "7," St. Etienne marking on the lock brass furniture, sling ring bar mounted on the side plate and rear barrel band, sling swivels on the middle barrel band and trigger guard tang fitted with a black leather sling, and fairly petite walnut stock with low rounded comb. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Very good with mottled gray and brown patina on the lock and barrel, attractive natural aged patina on the brass furniture, faded markings, and mild overall wear. The re-oiled stock is also very good and has some chips and slivers absent at the edges, a repaired crack in the wrist, and moderate scrapes and dings. Mechanically fine.

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