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    LOT 198
Very Scarce and Exceptional
U.S. Springfield Model 1840 Flintlock Musket with Bayonet - NSN, 69 cal., 42 inch round bbl., bright finish, walnut stock. The Model 1840 was the last flintlock musket manufactured by the Springfield Armory between 1840-1844, and 26,841 of the 30,421 were converted to percussion between 1849-1851, and more converted after, making examples in original flintlock configuration exceedingly rare. Only an estimated 25 remain in original flintlock configuration. Various parts inside the lock are marked with single digit and letter markings. An “eagle/US” mark is at the center of the lock and “SPRING/FIELD/1842” on the tail of the lock, “V/P/eagle head” proofs on the left of the breech above, “NH” marked on the left barrel flat, “1842” dated barrel tang, oval script “BH” inspection cartouche on the left flat, and “US” on
the buttplate tang. Includes a US socket bayonet and brass tipped leather scabbard with white buff leather frog. CONDITION: Very fine, retaining bright surfaces overall with only very light areas of freckling, crisp markings and crisp edges. Stock is very fine plus with attractive raised grain, defined edges, some light scratches, dents concentrated on the underside of the buttstock, a 1 1/2 inch hairline crack at the upper left of the buttplate, and a crisp cartouche. Mechanically excellent. Included bayonet is very fine with sharp edges and some scattered light pitting. The scabbard and frog are also very fine with only light age related wear and golden aged patina on the brass. An exceptional example of a very scarce U.S. Springfield Model 1840 musket still in its original flintlock configuration that saw little, if any, use at all! Estimate: 7,500 - 12,000
LOT 199 Very Scarce and Desirable Maryland Marked U.S. Springfield Model 1795 Type I Flintlock Musket - NSN, 69 cal., 44 1/2 inch round bbl., bright finish, walnut stock. 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. CONDITION: 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. Estimate: 6,000 - 9,000

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