October 30, 2019 The Collection of Steve & Marcy Hench
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For a nearly identical example, see plate 59.MM on page 109 of "Battle Weapons of the American Revolution" by George C. Neumann. Another example of this exact pattern is marked "SO CAROLINA"; they are believed to have been part of the 18,000 Dutch muskets purchased by England in 1741, of which at least 4,500 were shipped to the American Colonists during the French and Indian War. The tapered, round barrel is marked on top of the breech with a deeply stamped "F:291." as well as a banner inscribed "CONSTANI". The left side of the breech is stamped with a later "WLJ". The early flat banana lockplate has a heavily beveled edge, the bottom marked "CORBAV LE IEVNE A MASTRICHT". All of the hardware is of early Dutch form and is of iron. the wrist escutcheon is inscribed "G. MAY" and the ramrod entry ferrule is inscribed "No 74". Full length stock of early Dutch form with relief panels terminating in a teardrop around the lock and sideplate as well as a teardrop around the barrel tang. Complete with a replaced wooden ramrod. A copper band has been applied near to muzzle to secure the forend. CONDITION: Barrel retains a spotted, grey patina with some corrosion near breech, touch hole has been rebushed. Lock is in its original flintlock configuration and retains a heavy brown patina with excellent markings. All iron furniture retains a matching patina. Stock shows heavy wear with much of its original dark patina and has scattered marks from use, and some minor splinters from forend near muzzle. This is a very scarce, early iron mounted pattern that almost certainly saw use in the Colonies. PROVENANCE: Purchased from David R. Geiger.
Barrel Length
45 - 3/4"
.80 Smoothbore
FFL Status
Serial Number
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $2,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $10,455.00
Estimate: $5,000 - $10,000
Number Bids: 15
Auction closed on Wednesday, October 30, 2019.
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