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Lot 151: E. Waters & Co. Massachusetts State Contract Flintlock Musket

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Documented E. Waters & Co. Massachusetts State Contract 1808 Type Flintlock Musket with Bayonet

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,250 - $3,500

Documented E. Waters & Co. Massachusetts State Contract 1808 Type Flintlock Musket with Bayonet

Manufacturer: American
Model: Flintlock
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 69
Barrel: 44 1/2 inch round
Finish: bright
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 324
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 80
Class: Antique
Description:

This musket is featured and discussed on pages 222 and 223 of "American Military Shoulder Arms, Volume 2: From the 1790s to the End of the Flintlock Period" by George Moller. This musket was one of the 528 muskets delivered to the state of Massachusetts in 1814 through General Joseph Farnsworth who took over E. Waters & Co. in 1814. Parts of the upper line of the "P/PC" and "M/1814" markings noted by Moller remain visible on the breech end of the barrel, and the lock is marked "MILLBURY./1814." It has a bayonet stud on the top of the barrel, a brass blade front side on the rear strap of the upper barrel band, a leather sling fitted to the swivels on the middle band and stud through the trigger guard finial, and a "V" marked socket bayonet (too tight to fit properly). "GDM" (George D. Moller) is marked ahead of the toe. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Fine with gray and brown patina throughout, moderate pitting concentrated on the breech section, and mild overall wear. The stock is also fine and has mild dings and scratches and a crack a the lower right ahead of the buttplate. Mechanically fine. The leather sling is very good.



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