The Model 1795 Musket represents many firsts in U.S. martial arms including the first standardized and official model of musket manufactured for the U.S. military and was based on the French "Charleville" Model 1766 muskets widely used during the American Revolution. Model 1795s saw heavy use during the War of 1812. Type II Model 1795s are dated from 1806 to 1809 with this example dated "1809" on the buttplate tang. Page 47 of George D. Moller's book "American Military Shoulder Arms Volume II" states, "...a number of examples of 1809-dated muskets with both detachable and integral [flash] pans are known to exist, indicating that the changeover to the integral pan took place during that year." This example has the earlier detachable flash pan, indicating it is a Type II. The undated lock is marked with a script "US" above an eagle and shield motif above a downward curved "SPRINGFIELD" at the center. The left of the breech is marked with "P/eagle head/V" proofs. Single digit inspection marks on various components inside the lock. Inspection initials marked behind the lower tang. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Includes a socket bayonet (does not fit) and period leather sling. Provenance: The George Moller Collection
Good with smooth mottled brown patina, scattered light pitting, a re-brazed socket bayonet lug on top of the barrel, mild flash pitting on top of the breech, and nice markings on the lock. Stock is very good as lightly sanded and re-oiled with scattered scratches and dents, some mild cracks on the right ahead of the rear barrel band, two cracks above the side plate, a crack ahead of the lock, a crack at the left of the barrel tang, and some chips behind the barrel tang. Mechanically fine. Included bayonet is good with scattered moderate pitting and brown patina, sling is very good with some light cracking and age related wear.
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