November 17, 2020 Early Arms & Militaria: Age of Exploration, Empire & Revolution
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For an identical example with the same markings, see page 171 of Volume II "American Military Shoulder Arms" by George D. Moller. According to Moller, this musket was made by John Young who delivered muskets under John Miles's 1808 U.S. Contract. Only 50 muskets of this type were made and proofed, according to an inventory dated February 15, 1812. It is based on the Harpers Ferry pattern rather than the Springfield pattern. Some differences from the Springfield muskets is that the bayonet lug is mounted on the bottom of the barrel, the bell-shaped sling swivels are suspended directly from their lugs and the trigger guard, cock, and frizzen are of different configurations. The 44 - 3/4" tapered round .70 caliber smoothbore barrel simply has a sunken cartouche with a "P". The barrel is retained by three bands held in place by springs on the right side. The flat lockplate has beveled edges and is stamped "I - Y" at the tail. The center is stamped with an eagle over "US". The iron furniture is standard 1808 Pattern following Harpers Ferry. The plain walnut stock is unmarked. Complete with a replaced iron ramrod. CONDITION: Barrel retains a brown patina and marking is excellent. Lock retains a brown patina and is in its original flintlock configuration, mechanism is strong, and markings excellent. Furniture retains a matching brown patina. Stock retains its original finish, initials lightly carved on bottom next to front trigger guard tang. Some minor wood loss on left side of barrel tang and other scattered marks from use. A very rare and desirable War of 1812 musket by an important maker. PROVENANCE: Ex. Robert Sadler Collection (still retains his brass collection tag). DMG
Barrel Length
44 - 3/8"
.70 Smoothbore
FFL Status
John Young
U.S. Model 1808
Serial Number
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $1,300.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $3,382.50
Estimate: $2,500 - $4,500
Number Bids: 13
Auction closed on Tuesday, November 17, 2020.
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