Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 199: Maryland Marked U.S. Springfield 1795 Type I Flintlock Musket

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Very Scarce and Desirable Maryland Marked U.S. Springfield Model 1795 Type I Flintlock Musket

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $6,000 - $9,000

Very Scarce and Desirable Maryland Marked U.S. Springfield Model 1795 Type I Flintlock Musket

Manufacturer: Springfield Armory U.S.
Model: 1795
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 69
Barrel: 44 1/2 inch round
Finish: bright
Grip:
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 96
Class: Antique
Description:

The Model 1795 is historically significant as the first official standardized U.S. martial arm and the first firearm manufactured at the U.S. armories. The Model 1795 was based on the French Model 1766 widely used during the Revolution, and was the main infantry arm of the War of 1812. This musket has the correct Type I markings and features, and the lack of a date suggests it was produced in 1795 to 1799 prior to the adoption of the date markings. It has the first style of lock marking with "SPRINGFIELD" in a vertical curve behind the hammer, and at the center of the lock is the shielded eagle looking to its right above a script "US". Note the distinctive curls on the frizzen toe and top jaw guide used on the Type I muskets. "P/eagle/V" proofs marked on the left of the breech ahead of deep condemnation marks and a faint "US" marked on top of the breech. "MARYLAND" marked in large letters ahead of the lock.

Rating Definition:

Very good with mottled brown patina overall and some areas of moderate pitting. Stock is also good as re-oiled, with some light scratches and general overall wear, a cracked section at the front of the lock, a repaired crack to the right of the trigger, and a repaired split at the wrist. Mechanically fine.



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