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Lot 135: Napoleonic Wars Era French Mutzig 1777 Musket Dated 1811

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Napoleonic Wars Era French Mutzig Model 1777 Flintlock Musket Dated 1811

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,800 - $2,750

Napoleonic Wars Era French Mutzig Model 1777 Flintlock Musket Dated 1811

Manufacturer: French Military Firearms
Model: 1777
Type: Musket
Gauge: 69
Barrel: 44 3/4 inch round
Finish: bright
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 361
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 1811 dated example would have likely been rushed into French service during the Napoleonic Wars. Features a trumpet head ramrod, bottom mounted bayonet lug towards the muzzle, brass blade front sight on the rear strap of the front barrel band (second style without securing screw), "1811" dated on the upper left barrel flat at the breech, "M1777" marked on the barrel tang, detachable brass flash pan on the lock, Mutzig Arsenal markings at the center of the lock, 1811 dated circular stamp marked on the right of the buttstock, smooth straight grip stock with a cheek recess cutout on the left of the buttstock, three barrel bands, finger grooves on the rear trigger guard tang, and a smooth buttplate. Small "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked twice at the toe of the stock. Includes a reproduction leather sling. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Good with scattered light pitting mixed with dark patina, and sharp markings on the lock and barrel. Stock is very good with mostly defined edges, scattered scratches and dents, numerous glued repairs beneath the front barrel band, a crack on the left of the barrel channel ahead of the rear band, and crisp markings in the wood. Mechanically excellent.

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