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Original U.S. 11th New York Artillery Regiment Presentation Brown Bess Musket Circa 1806-1819

Regular price $4,995.00

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Original Item: One-of-a-kind. This is a truly interesting "AMERICAN" Presentation Musket given to a Sergeant in the 11th New York Artillery in approximately 1819. Raised in 1806 in New York City due to rising tensions with Great Britain the 11th became the 2nd Battalion of the 3rd Regiment of Artillery. In 1812 it was designated the 11th Regiment of Artillery.

Lieutenant William Kumbel served as adjutant in the War of 1812 and was commissioned Captain in 1815. In 1819 Kumbel was promoted Major by which time this musket had already been presented. Kumbel eventually became Colonel of the Regiment in 1820.

The recipient, a sergeant at the time, was Robert C. Wetmore who went on to become a first Lieutenant in 1822 and his brother Prosper M. Wetmore ultimately became Colonel of the Regiment.

The weapon is a most spectacular private purchase officer's grade Brown Bess Musket

by W. Ketland & Co. made before 1810 and we suspect was first given to young William Kumbel when joining the unit. At the later time having achieved the rank of Captain Kumbel no doubt decided to pass the musket on to an up and coming marksman at a date between 1815 and 1819.

It features high quality checkering to small of the stock and to the fore end as well as silver lined barrel wedges, rather than pins as well as a superior gun-maker finish overall.

A large silver plaque inlaid to the butt is engraved-

AWARDED BY THE 1ST COMPY. IN THE 11TH REGT. N.Y.S. ARTILLERY UNDER THE COMMAND OF CAPT. WILLIAM KUMBEL TO SERGT. ROBERT C. WERTMORE AS A MOMENTO OF HIS SUPERIOR SKILL IN TARGET SHOOTYINMG EXHIBITED AT A COMPANY PRACTICE ON STATEN ISLAND THE 25TH. SEPT.

Included with the musket is a folder of research explaining the formation of this units history and those of the named participants. A fascinating piece of New York Military history dating back to the War of 1812, complete with supporting documentation.

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