Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 169: Scarce Owen Evans U.S. 1798 Contract Flintlock Musket

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,000 - $3,000

Scarce Owen Evans U.S. 1798 Contract Flintlock Musket

Manufacturer: American
Model: Flintlock Musket
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 75
Barrel: 44 inch round
Finish: brown
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 318
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 85
Class: Antique

Scarce example of one of the approximately 1,001 muskets delivered for federal contract by Owen Evans of Montgomery, Pennsylvania from 1799-1805. It follows the standard 1794/1798 contract pattern, originally being finished bright with a low-comb walnut stock, barrel band springs located behind the bands, bayonet lug on top of the barrel, and sling swivels on the trigger guard plate and middle barrel band. This example was later browned during the period of use. The lock is flat with beveled edges and marked "EVANS/US" vertically at the tail. The barrel has a sunken "eagle head/P" proof on the upper left. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection mark is on the toe. With reproduction leather sling. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Very good, showing mostly a mixture of a period applied brown finish and brown patina, with a few areas worn to a bright grey patina, and some light pitting scattered throughout. There is a moderate ding in the muzzle that has been filed smooth. The sanded and re-oiled wood is fine with some minor dings and chips scattered throughout. Mechanically excellent.

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