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Lot 146: Documented John Miles U.S. 1808 Contract Musket with Bayonet

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Documented War of 1812 Era John Miles U.S. 1808 Contract Flintlock Musket with Bayonet

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,600 - $2,500

Documented War of 1812 Era John Miles U.S. 1808 Contract Flintlock Musket with Bayonet

Manufacturer: Miles, John
Model: Flintlock
Type: Musket
Gauge: 69
Barrel: 44 1/4 inch round
Finish: bright
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 600
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 78
Class: Antique

One of approximately 2,586 reported to have been delivered by John Miles of Bordertown, New Jersey circa 1809-1812 under a 9,200 gun U.S. Government contract, based on the Harpers Ferry Armory pattern Model 1795 muskets. 1808 U.S. contract muskets are described on pages 164-182 of George D. Moller's book "American Military Shoulder Arms, Volume II", with the lock of this exact musket pictured on page 173. An eagle and shield motif above "US" is marked at the center of the lock and "MILES" marked vertically behind hammer. A "V" marked on top of the breech and an "Eagle head/CT" proof on the left quarter of the breech as typically seen on these 1808 contract muskets. "J P R" stamped on the left stock flat and on the tail end of the right of the buttstock. Large letters "OO" carved into the left of the buttstock. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Includes a socket bayonet and reproduction leather sling. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Fair with scattered moderate pitting mixed with dark patina overall, an added surface on the rear of the frizzen, and visible lock markings. Stock is good with some chips in the barrel and ramrod channels, some chips around the band springs, a crack ahead of the rear lock screw, some chips ahead of the lock, a crack behind the lock, and carving as mentioned above. Mechanically fine. Included bayonet is good with scattered pitting and brown patina overall.

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