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Provenance: The George Moller Collection.
Estimate: 6,500 - 9,500
 LOT 107
17th Century European Matchlock Musket - NSN, 69 cal., 44 1/2 inch
part octagon bbl., bright finish, hardwood stock. This is a Germanic/Dutch style musket,
but these were also used by several European countries. The barrel is octagon to round with a
gradual transition and has blade and notch sights. The large lock plate has a “crown/I.P” mark near the
tail. “XI” is marked inside the lock mortise, and the right side of the butt is branded with a bear. The stock has
      LOT 106
Documented Early 17th Century Suhl Spanish Butt Matchlock Musket and Forked Rest - NSN, 83 cal., 47 1/2 inch part octagon bbl., bright finish, walnut stock. This musket is featured and discussed on pages 34-35
of “American Military Shoulder Arms, Volume 1: Colonial and Revolutionary War Arms” by George Moller and listed
as a “Suhl Spanish Butt Musket, Circa 1602.” Moller notes that Suhl was a major source of muskets for multiple European countries in the 17th century. The lock
has the “SVL” (Suhl) control mark and a “LS/head” mark (see Der Neue Stockel no. 3877). The barrel has the Suhl “hen” marking along with the “SVL” control mark, another
partially obscured mark, an “E” and a deep shield shaped mark. The barrel also has a post front sight and an empty dovetail at the breech. The pan is attached to the barrel
at the breech via the fence which is mortised into the barrel and has a sliding cover. The serpentine arm has a simple bestial design. The Spanish style stock has “E 14” above the tail of the lock and on the left flat. A fork rest with acorn design on the forks and a length of worn cord are included.
CONDITION: Very good with gray and brown patina and some minor pitting on the metal and mild wear. The stock is fair and is spliced from the ramrod entry forward and has some other repairs, insect damage, and hairline cracks. Mechanically fair.
simple sheet iron bands near the forend tip and a sheet iron trigger guard with bend design at the rear.
CONDITION: Fine with mostly light gray patina, some light pitting, and general mild scratches and dings. The stock is also fine and has some cracks and repairs, mild dings and scratches, and a spliced lower section on the butt. Mechanically fine. Estimate: 4,500 - 6,500

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