State of Delaware flintlock muskets are described on pages 212-213 of George D. Moller's book "American Military Shoulder Arms Volume II", in which it states, "U.S. archival records show that the federal government sold two lots of muskets to the state of Delaware in 1812. These were clearly identified as sales to the state, not as issues under the U.S. Militia Act of 1808... Fifty-five of these muskets were delivered by Abraham Nippes, and 550 were delivered by Charles Westphal... Known examples of muskets attributed to this sale to Delaware are of the U.S. 1808 contract, Harpers Ferry configuration." This example is stamped "WESTPHAL" on the left stock flat. "DELAWARE" is stamped on the right of the stock wrist and on the right of the buttstock. "NIPPES/&CO/PHILA" marked at the tail of the lock and an "eagle/U.S." marked at the center. The top of the barrel is marked with a raised "P" in a sunken oval. An asterisk ahead of "HW" is carved upside down into the left of the buttstock. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Includes a socket bayonet marked "XX" at the base of the blade, and a reproduction leather sling. Provenance: The George Moller Collection
Very good with mottled brown patina on the barrel and fittings, dark brown patina on the lock with moderate pitting, and scattered light pitting overall. Stock is also very good with some scattered dents and scratches, a few scattered chips, a minor chip at the front of the lock, some chips around the sides of the buttplate tang, and carving as mentioned above. Mechanically excellent. Included bayonet is also good with brown patina and scattered light pitting.
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