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Lot 197: Documented A. H. Waters U.S. 1842 Percussion Musket with Bayonet

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Scarce Documented A. H. Waters & Company U.S. Model 1842 Percussion Musket with Bayonet

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,800 - $2,750

Scarce Documented A. H. Waters & Company U.S. Model 1842 Percussion Musket with Bayonet

Manufacturer: Waters A H
Model: Percussion
Type: Musket
Gauge: 69
Barrel: 42 inch round
Finish: bright
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 371
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 95
Class: Antique

A. H. Waters & Company Model 1842 muskets are described on pages 210-212 of George D. Moller's book "American Military Shoulder Arms Volume III", with this exact musket pictured on pages 210 and 211. It has a bayonet stud on bottom near the muzzle, brass blade front sight on the forward strap of the front barrel band, sling swivels on the middle barrel band and front of the trigger guard, and a "trumpet" head ramrod. "A.H.WATERS & Co/MILLBURY MASS" marked at the tail of the lock and an "eagle/US" motif at the center. "V/P/eagle head" proofs marked on the left side of the barrel at the breech and an "1853" dated barrel tang. Faint boxed script "JS" (John C. Stebbins) inspection cartouche marked on the left stock flat. "565" stamped into the top of the stock behind the barrel tang. Initials "TC" carved upside down into the right of the buttstock. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Includes a US socket bayonet and period leather sling. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Very good with some scattered light pitting and mostly visible markings in the metal. Stock is good with scattered scratches, dents, and chips, some cracks in the sides of the forend and in the ramrod channel, a repaired section behind the lock, carving as noted above, and chips at the toe. Mechanically excellent. Included bayonet is very good with some light pitting and sharp edges, and sling is very good with some light cracking.

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