This musket is similar to the example dated to 1600-1650 from the H.L. Visser Collection in the Rijks Museum in Amsterdam (Object #: NG-2002-23-3). The museum notes that luxury firearms began to be manufactured in the 17th century and embellished for wealthy patrons but are rarely signed. The current musket has a swamped octagon barrel with a brass blade front sight, iron notch rear sight, attached pan with rotating cover, and fence with decorative scroll edge. The 11 inch long lock plate has some light engraving. The gun has a large iron trigger guard, nailed sheet brass buttplate and forend panels, brass wire inlaid borders and floral and scroll motifs along the stock, and a series of mother of pearl inlays engraved with floral patterns and the same bust of a male figure with a laurel crown repeated throughout. The stock has the large fishtail style butt and right sight thumb rest. The ramrod channel is enclosed. A wooden ramrod with brass tip is included. Provenance: The Tom Lewis Collection
Very good with mottled gray patina and extensive scattered mild pitting on the iron, aged patina on the brass, crisp engraving, and moderate overall wear. The refinished stock is also very good and has mild dents and scratches, some of the engraving on the pearl inlays mostly faded while others are very distinct, and some small flakes and chips. Mechanically fine.
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