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   LOT 114
Virginia Manufactory Type II Flintlock Musket Dated 1821 with Bayonet - NSN, 69 cal., 41 3/4 inch round bbl., bright finish, walnut stock. Approximately 37,125 of these Type II muskets were manufactured at the Virginia Manufactory in Richmond for the State of Virginia to arm their militia from 1812-1821. This is one of approximately 2,508 manufactured in 1821, the last year of production of these muskets. The lock is marked “RICHMOND/1821.” at the tail and “VIRGINIA/ Manufactory” (faint) at the center, and has a correct brass flash pan standard on post-1818 production examples. Small half moon assembly marks on various components inside the lock. A large “H” is carved into the right of the buttstock. “GDM” (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Includes a socket bayonet marked “16” on the socket, and a reproduction leather sling. CONDITION: Good with mottled gray/brown patina, moderate flash pitting, slightly worn lock markings, and scattered mild spotting. The original brass flash pan has been polished bright. Stock is good as sanded and re-oiled with some light scratches and chips, an absent section to the right of the barrel tang, and carving as mentioned above. Mechanically fine. Included bayonet is also good with mild pitting. Provenance: The George Moller Collection. Estimate: 3,000 - 5,000
LOT 115 Relief Carved Flintlock American Long Rifle Marked F. Gibson - NSN, 54 cal., 45 inch octagon bbl., brown finish, maple stock. This rifle has George Moller’s discreet “GDM” collection mark ahead of the toeplate and was noted by him as a “1792 (style)
contract Army rifle.” It has traditional blade and notch sights, “F. GIBSON.” in individually stamped letters (possibly one of the original owners) marked on top of the breech section, four barrel keys, an unmarked Germanic style lock, scroll and crosshatch patterns engraved on the side plate and Lancaster “daisy” style patchbox, a sun or floral bloom at the center of the lid, entwining lines and light accents on the toeplate, incised lines on the forend terminating in wavy lines, a silver oval wrist escutcheon, silver star cheek piece inlay, and raised and incised scroll carving on the left side of the butt. CONDITION: Good as reconverted to flintlock configuration. The barrel and lock have dark gray and brown patina, and there is some applied brown finish near the breech. The brass and silver have aged patina. The upper ramrod pipe is not pinned, and the patchbox lid is repaired. The “conserved” stock is fair and has some attractive figure, several cracks and repairs primarily concentrated in the forend and breech section, including a split in the ramrod channel, some chips and slivers absent, worn but visible carving, and general moderate overall wear. Mechanically fine. Provenance: The George Moller Collection. Estimate: 2,000 - 3,500
LOT 116
Attractive Engraved and Silver Accented American Half-
Stock Flintlock Rifle with Birdseye Maple Stock - NSN, 54 cal., 37 5/8 inch octagon bbl., bright finish, birds eye maple stock. The barrel has a hooked breech and is secured by a single wedge and has a brass blade front sight with large base and a notch rear sight with long decorative finial with light engraving. The rifle features primarily floral engraving. The highly figured bird’s eye maple stock has nine silver inlays. The patch box has a dog above the lid and birds on the lid, and additional birds are on the plate on the left side behind the rounded cheek piece. The stock has a horn forend cap. The flintlock plate is drilled to be secured by one screw and has scroll and border engraving that continues under the frizzen spring. It is marked “A.W. SPIES/WARRANTED” at center indicating it came from the well-known New York dealer. CONDITION: Very good with gray patina and mild oxidation on the lock and barrel, aged patina on the silver and brass furniture, chipped rear sight, generally crisp engraving, some loose pins, and mild overall wear. The stock is also very good and has repairs at the breech and lock mortise, minor spots of wear in the otherwise crisp checkering, and beautiful figure. The set trigger needs some work; otherwise, mechanically functions intermittently. Estimate: 1,800 - 2,750
LOT 117 “JONATHAN BUFFINTON” Patriotic Carved American Powder Horn Dated 1838 - This powder horn is carved with a bird next to an American shielded eagle next to an American flag containing 9 stars and 8 stripes above an elephant and a lion over the date “1838” above the name “JONATHAN BUFFINTON” with a deer and what appears to be a bear below, a house, and floral accents. No information has been found about the carved name at this time. The horn measures at approximately 13 3/4 inches long. This is an attractive piece of 19th century Americana. CONDITION: Good with defined carving, light age related wear, a few scattered chips, and some missing tacks around the base. Estimate: 2,250 - 3,500

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