THIS ONE IS HARD TO DEFINE...OVERALL PATTERN REFLECTS THE INFLUENCE OF THE FRENCH CHARLEVILLE AND THE U.S. SPRINGFIELD MODEL 1795 MUSKET. THE 1795 PATTERN LOCK PLATE IS STAMPED "CANTON". FROM THAT, ONE CAN SURMISE THAT THE LOCK WAS MADE BY THOMAS FRENCH OF CANTON, MASS, CIRCA 1800. THE REST OF THE MUSKET IS SCALED DOWN WHICH IS TYPICAL OF THOSE MADE UP FOR USE ON BOARD SHIPS. THE .69 CALIBER SMOOTH BORE BARREL IS 40" LONG. NOTE THIS GUN IS BRASS MOUNTED, WHICH IS ALSO TYPICAL OF MUSKETS MADE FOR USE ON SALT WATER. ALSO, NOTE THE BAYONET LUG IS ONLY 1 1/4" FROM THE MUZZLE, WHICH SUGGESTS THAT THE MUZZLE WAS DAMAGED AND THEN CUT OFF TO MAKE IT SERVICEABLE. ALSO, THE TOP JAW APPEARS TO BE OF SPANISH DESIGN...MY GUESS IS THAT THIS PIECE WAS MADE UP BY FRENCH AND SOLD COMMERCIALLY FOR USE ON A MERCHANT SHIP IN THE PERIOD FROM AROUND 1800 AND THRU THE WAR OF 1812. THE FACT THAT THE U.S. AND EAGLE STAMPS HAVE BEEN REMOVED FROM THE LOCK PLATE SUGGESTS THIS ITEM WAS TAKEN BY AN ENEMY AND THEN REWORKED AND REISSUED FOR USE AGAINST US?....ANY INPUT WOULD BE APPRECIATED... SOME GUIDELINES: All cartridge firing firearms must be transferred through a licensed FFL dealer in your state. Buyer to supply a signed copy of local dealer’s license before shipment will be made. A C&R License is acceptable for C&R firearms, (guns determined to be C&R’s by ATF and/or guns known to be at least 50 years old). Antique firearms and replicas require buyer to supply proof of age. Some areas require an FFL transfer for antique & black powder firearms (New Jersey, NYC, etc.) PAYMENT OPTIONS: Postal Money Orders and Cashier's Checks only are acceptable. SHIPPING: Buyer pays shipping costs. All items are shipped via priority mail insured. Costs vary depending on weight, postal zone and insurance value. SAFETY NOTICE: Buyer is solely responsible for determining that a used gun is safe to shoot. The firearms offered have not been test fired but have been given a visual inspection only for auction purposes. Buyer agrees to hold seller harmless against damages, injury, or death caused by defective merchandise. RETURN POLICY: Returns are handled on an individual basis. You can presume that I know what I am selling. You are expected to know what you are buying. All items are guaranteed to be as advertised. If I make a gross error in description, you may of course, return item with my apology. FEEDBACK: I am a licensed firearms dealer and have been a Gunsamerica seller since 1997...so, follow the rules and buy with confidence.
CONSIGNMENTS ACCEPTED: I sell many items on consignment. Please call during business hours, est, for appraisals and terms.
Trades Accepted: No
GUNSAMERICA SELLER SINCE 1997...SPECIALIZING IN ANTIQUE AND COLLECTIBLE FIREARMS...ALL PRICES ARE FIRM... ALL ITEMS GUARANTEED TO BE AS ADVERTISED...SHIPPING VIA U.S. PRIORITY MAIL INSURED...CONSIGNMENTS WANTED.