Original American Revolutionary War French Flintlock Musket

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. Originally manufactured in France about 1740 this commercially made fowling piece is in .62 caliber. The original barrel length was 50" barreled with overall length at approximately 67. However once George Washington started organizing the Continental Army to oppose the British this musket was pressed into military service. Therefore, the barrel was reduced to 43" making the overall length 59". The musket's early 1740 period lock was updated with a French 1763 lock and a military style side plate was fitted.

The brass mounts are just as they were from the 1740s manufacture. The lock plate is externally no longer marked however across the brass butt plate tang it has been engraved by using a pin punch: S.O. 1791 almost certainly the initials of the owner with the date he acquired it.

As it happens almost an identical musket, not shortened for military service, is illustrated on page 209 of George Neumann's BATTLE WEAPONS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION and was part of the owner's collection.

Offered in very nice condition. The gun is mechanically functional and has a lovely, 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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