Original American Revolutionary War Dutch Flintlock Musket

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. Discovered in Massachusetts decades ago it was snapped up by a well known collector in Connecticut who passed in 2012. This was musket manufactured in Holland around 1777. American colonists who were desperate to acquire weapons purchased this model musket and several other Continental types to add to their efforts against the British.

Muskets of Dutch origin saw use by nearly ever faction of the belligerents on both sides as well. Dutch gun makers centered in Amsterdam (as well as Rotterdam and Maastricht) established themselves among the premier arms makers in Europe in the mid-1600's, a position they would hold into the late 1700's/early 1800's, when the gun making centers in Birmingham and Liège finally eclipsed their output and international trading reputation. In fact, even the British relied on Dutch made muskets at various times in the 1600's & 1700's. They purchased muskets from the Dutch prior to the establishment of the 1730 Pattern Long Land muskets, and while some authors refer to Dutch muskets of that era as resembling the early "Brown Bess" muskets, the reality is that the 1730 Pattern muskets followed the Dutch lines of earlier purchases. The British also turned to Dutch makers during the early to mid-1700's, as well as The Seven Years War (French & Indian War), to help arm the fledgling American colonies. Dutch muskets with both South Carolina (as well as later US) surcharges are known. Thousands of Dutch muskets were imported for use by the American forces during the war, and they saw service with both state volunteer regiments and with the Continental Army. The Colony of Massachusetts directly purchased several thousand Dutch muskets during the revolution, with the help of Benjamin Franklin. According to author and researcher Harold Peterson, nearly every surviving Dutch musket in America can be traced to the Bay Colony. The Dutch also provided muskets to the Hessian mercenaries that fought during the American Revolution, showing that they were non-partisan businessmen, and were glad to make money selling to either side.

The musket is .75" caliber with a 39" smoothbore barrel. It features all brass mounts and measures to an overall length of about 53.5. There is an identical example pictured on page 122 of GEORGE C. NEUMANN’S book BATTLE WEAPONS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION.

Offered in very nice condition. The gun is mechanically functional and has a fantastic, unaltered look to it overall. These guns saw service on both sides during the war. Original flintlock Revolutionary War muskets are rarely found in such a nice state of preservation and this is one musket than any serious collector would be glad to add to their collection of Colonial era arms.

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