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Lot 172: Documented Henry Osborne Variant Armory Pattern Flintlock Musket

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Fine Documented Henry Osborne Variant Armory Pattern Flintlock Musket with Bayonet

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

Fine Documented Henry Osborne Variant Armory Pattern Flintlock Musket with Bayonet

Manufacturer: Osborn
Model: 1808
Type: Musket
Gauge: 69
Barrel: 42 1/8 inch round
Finish: bright
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 248
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 86
Class: Antique

These armory variant muskets, manufactured by Henry Osborne of Springfield, Massachusetts, are described on pages 227-230 of George D. Moller's book "American Military Shoulder Arms Volume II" with this exact musket pictured on page 227 and twice on page 228. The first picture caption on page 227 states, "This variant armory pattern privately owned militia musket is attributed to Henry Osborne. It has very lightly proportioned Model 1795-style furniture and a rifle-size lock." It is speculated that the lock fitted in this rifle may have been made at Springfield Armory with intention for the Harpers Ferry Model 1803 rifles, and may have been purchased by Osborne as surplus or salvage in a half finished state. "US" above an eagle and shield motif marked at the center of the lock. "SPRINGFIELD" behind a deep diamond-shaped condemnation mark on top of the breech, and "eagle head/P" proofs on the left quarter of the breech. All iron mountings finished bright. Trigger guard attached to the trigger guard plate with sling swivel mounted in the front, iron ramrod with button head and mounted with a full walnut stock secured by three barrel bands held by band springs. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Includes an ill-fitting socket bayonet and Watervliet Arsenal leather sling. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Fine with a mix of smooth brown and gray patina overall, some light pitting, and crisp markings on the barrel and lock. Stock is also fine with defined edges, scattered light scratches, a few minor chips, a crack ahead of the rear lock screw, and a 4 1/2 inch crack on the left ahead of the buttplate. Mechanically fine. Included bayonet is good with defined edges, brown patina overall and scattered light to mild patches of pitting, sling is very good with light cracking and age related wear.

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