This imposing musket was previously in the Visser Collection and is featured in Volume 1 Part 4 of the collection catalog on pages 216 and 217 as no. 768. It conforms to other known Dutch muskets from the early 17th century. It features a heavy two-stage barrel with a cannon style muzzle with a copper bead front sight, molded girdles, a dovetailed mounted grooved block rear sight with decorative finial, and a circle and star mark on the underside. The flat lock plate is secured by two screws and has an external wheel with a three-screw retaining bracket, engraving accents on the components, swiveling safety catch, manually operated pan, and teat at the tail. The trigger guard is iron. The dark-stained walnut stock has the iconic "fish tail" butt and is fitted with sheet iron furniture, including the buttplate which has a long tang that extend along the length of the comb. Provenance: The H.L. Visser Collection; Property of a Gentleman
Very good with mottled silver-gray patina and scattered mild pitting throughout. The extensively restored stock is very good and has some cracks and repairs including a spliced forend, attractive applied dark finish overall, and general scratches and dings. Lock not tested.
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