Springfield Armory manufactured approximately 1,640 of these 36 inch barrel muskets between 1818 and 1821 for Cadet use. Model 1817 Artillery/Cadet muskets are described on pages 440-444 of George D. Moller's book "American Military Shoulder Arms Volume II". The Model 1795 lock is faintly marked "US/eagle and shield/SPRINGFIELD" at the center and "1811" dated behind the hammer, illegible date on the barrel tang, and "P/eagle head/V" proofs on the left of the breech. Three barrel bands, two sling swivels and a faint "Crown/D" marked buttplate tang. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Includes US socket bayonet and J.C. Toth inspected leather sling. Provenance: The George Moller Collection
Good with dark brown patina overall, moderate flash pitting, and patches of moderate pitting down the length of the barrel, heavier at the breech. Stock is also good as lightly sanded and refinished with scattered light scratches, and a small chip behind the barrel tang. Hammer screw is replaced, touch hole slightly enlarged. Mechanically fine. Included bayonet is very good plus with sharp edges and some light pitting.
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