Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 134: French Tulle Model 1777 Marine Flintlock Musket

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,000 - $3,000

French Tulle Model 1777 Marine Flintlock Musket

Manufacturer: French Military Firearms
Model: 1777
Type: Musket
Gauge: 69
Barrel: 40 3/8 inch round
Finish: bright
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 465
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 75
Class: Antique

The Model 1777 infantry musket was used by French troops and some earlier examples were also sent to North America to assist the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War with continued use through the Napoleonic Wars. This scarce Marine variation features brass fittings including the three barrel bands, trigger guard, side plate. iron lower tang with finger grooves, iron trumpet head ramrod, bottom mounted bayonet lug towards the muzzle, iron blade front sight on the rear strap of the brass front barrel band (second style without securing screw), iron sling swivels mounted on the middle band and front of the trigger guard, "L D 180x" (last digit illegible) marked on the upper left barrel flat at the breech, faint illegible carving in the barrel tang, faint illegible inscription behind "FRECONNET" crisply inscribed in script on top of the breech, detachable brass flash pan on the lock, "Ma imple/De Tulle" marked in script at the center of the lock, smooth straight grip stock with a cheek recess cutout on the left of the buttstock, and a smooth iron buttplate. Small "crown/C" proofs marked on various components as well as in the stock above the lock. A large "T" is carved into the left of the buttstock. Small "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Includes a socket bayonet marked "I/2024" on the socket, and a reproduction leather sling. These Model 1777 Marine muskets are briefly described in Moller's book "American Military Shoulder Arms Volume I" on page 363. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Very good with scattered light pitting, and crisp lock markings. Brass retains an attractive golden aged patina. Stock is also very good with defined edges and attractive grains, some scratches, slightly undersized beneath the front band, a chip behind the left of the middle band, carving as mentioned above, some slight discoloration around the buttplate, and a crisp crown proof above the lock. Mechanically excellent. Included bayonet is very good with scattered light pitting.

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