Arms and Armor: Live Auction

Arms and Armor: Live Auction

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Cowan’s is pleased to offer for its May 2020 Arms and Armor auction an enviable collection of fine antique arms and military accessories.

While the entire sale is indeed a showcase of rare and desirable items, several lots showcased in the May sale are of special interest to advanced collectors of fine arms. Specially featured is an incredibly rare #5 Holster Model “Texas” Paterson Revolver (Lot 48). These revolvers are rare to find in any condition and not only does this example retain some of its original finish, it also has the added bonus of showing matching serial numbers, even on the spare cylinder.

Also featured in this sale are several one-in-a-lifetime opportunities, including a prohibitively rare Third Model Cofer Revolver (Lot 110), a unique Southern Percussion Revolver By V.G.H. Libeau (Lot 375), a remarkable double cased pair of silver and gilt Colt 1860 Army Revolvers, (Lot 376) and a factory engraved Winchester Big .50 Deluxe 1876 Short Rifle made especially for Sultan (later King) Fouad I of Egypt (Lot 295). This unique assembly of...
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New Hampshire Marked Modified French Charleville Model 1774 Flintlock Musket with Bayonet

Lot # 1 (Sale Order: 1 of 282)      

.69 caliber, 42.125" barrel, no S/N. Bright finish, smooth walnut stock with 3 flat bands retained by springs to their rears. Overall length 57.125". 6.3125" flat beveled iron lock with convex face at rear of hammer and removable rounded, fenced and bridled iron pan. Rounded reinforced cock with heart-shaped cut out. Lock appears to be in original flint configuration and is marked in script in two lines: Manufacture / de St. Etienne. Breech plug tang unmarked, deep NH (New Hampshire) ownership stamps are present in the upper left quadrant of the breech, on the left breech flat and in the obverse stock. Barrel appears to be in original flint configuration as well, with a moderately oxidized, well placed touchhole that is obviously tapered. Toe of stock stamped in block letters C. ANNIN. Reverse of stock with oval maker's or inspector's name cartouche that is illegible. Obverse stock carved No 1 II and with the initials MW. Reverse carved with the initials EH. Ramrod retention spring in lower barrel band, trumpet head ramrod with threads removed at end, bayonet lug located 2" from muzzle under the barrel. Sling swivels mounted on stud forward of triggerguard and middle barrel bands. Includes a French Model 1771 socket bayonet that has been modified with a three-step mortise and cut for a top bayonet lug with a 1.4375 muzzle to stud distance. Original short mortise cut for a French 1771 bottom mounted bayonet lug in place as well. Bayonet marked in two lines on the face, near the shank: I. FRANCOIS / BRVON with a small fleur-de-lis.

An interesting post-Revolutionary War French musket that appears to have been arsenal modified and repaired. While the lock is from the 1770/1, 1773 or 1774 pattern of arms, the short 11" triggerguard is of the 1774 pattern, the barrel is a shortened Model 1770/71 or 1773 as it has an anti-rotational stud on the bottom, a feature eliminated on the Model 1774. The stock has band springs located behind all three bands, a feature not introduced until the Model 1774, as the rear bands of the earlier patterns were friction retailed. Many of the earlier 1770/71 and 1773 muskets were later upgraded by adding a retention spring to the rear of the lower band. This one appears somewhat crudely cut into the stock, suggesting a modification of an older stock, but the correctly fitting shorter triggerguard that was not adopted until the M1774 indicates this is a 1774 stock. The lower barrel band also includes the ramrod retention spring of the M1774.  The belief is that this is an arsenal repaired or refurbished French musket with an older pattern barrel used to replace the otherwise damaged or non-functional M1774 barrel. As noted, the barrel has been shortened roughly 2".

The NH markings are not consistent with the Revolutionary War period markings that used a conjoined NH along with a battalion number (1-3) and the gun's number. These markings are likely from the Federal Period. No New Hampshire markings are present on the bayonet, although some examples are known with New Hampshire markings and similar mortise modifications to allow the bayonet to be used on different patterns of muskets. An interesting, post-revolutionary War period arsenal modified French M1774 with apparently legitimate New Hampshire ownership marks from the period before or during the War of 1812.

Condition: Very good. Metal lightly cleaned with a medium pewter patina and scattered light surface oxidation. Markings in metal clear, less clear in wood but mostly legible. Mechanically functional, moderately oxidized bore is rusty and dirty. Wood with scattered bumps, dings and mars. Bayonet good to very good.

EST $ 3000 - 5000...more

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Raised Carved Kentucky Rifle

Lot # 2 (Sale Order: 2 of 282)      

.46 caliber, 41.75" pinned octagonal barrel, no S/N. Browned finish, brass furniture, hardwood stock. Unmarked lock and barrel. Stepped flint lock with faceted, bridled pan and flat beveled swan neck cock. Reconverted to flint with moderate pitting at breech and the shadow of the percussion drum on the barrel flat at the touchhole. Lightly carved four-piece brass patchbox. Additional brass mountings include a two-piece buttplate, semi-pistol gripped triggerguard, flat two-screw side plate, a 1.875" nose cap, two ramrod faceted thimbles and an entry pipe. Stock with 1.6" wide butt, raised cheek rest, raised carved foliate patterns behind the cheek rest and around the breech plug tang, with simple raised aprons to the rear of the lock and the counterpane. 

Condition: Good. Barrel with an evenly oxidized brown color, showing light to moderate pitting. Brass with a medium golden patina. Lock functional, bore smooth, heavily oxidized and pitted. Stock with wear, a repaired break at the wrist with added finish, forend with wood loss, splintering, numerous cracks and some repairs. Wood with added finish and concealing stain at some repairs, particularly at the wrist.

EST $ 3000 - 5000...more

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Flintlock Kentucky Style Rifle Signed P Belles

Lot # 3 (Sale Order: 3 of 282)      

.45 caliber, 41" wedge-retained octagonal barrel, no S/N. Browned finish, brass furniture, curly maple stock. Top barrel flat signed P Belles in script. Joseph Goulcher marked commercial flint lock with fenced waterproof pan and roller frizzen is an apparent replacement, barrel reconverted to flint. Four-piece brass patch box with six piercings, showing simple engraving around the periphery. Other brass furniture includes the buttplate, toe plate, triggerguard, flat side plate, 1.5" nose cap, two faceted thimbles and matching entry pipe. Raised cheek rest, simple incised lines along toe and forend. Dovetailed notch rear sight with dovetailed brass front sight blade. Brass tipped wood ramrod with iron wiper at end. Peter Belles worked in Dauphin County, PA during the second quarter of the 19th century. A similar rifle that is more highly embellished and likely from the earlier part of Belles' career is pictured and described in Kindig's Thoughts on The Kentucky Rifle in its Golden Age on pages 226 and 227.

Condition: Good. Barrel moderately oxidized with some light to moderate pitting, mostly at the breech area. Iron with a plum brown patina. Brass cleaned with a golden tone that is starting to dull slightly. Mechanically functional lock, bore with moderate oxidation and scattered light to moderate pitting. Stock appears lightly sanded with some rounding to the sharp edges, incised lines in forend weak. Some wood loss and burn out between hammer and tang. Forend with a repair at the nose cap and some minor slivering along the upper edge. Patchbox spring and catch broken, door will not lock in place.

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Composite British Liege Contract Short Land Pattern Musket

Lot # 4 (Sale Order: 4 of 282)      

.78 caliber, 42" barrel, no S/N.  Browned barrel with front sight/bayonet stud and full-length stock secured by pins.  Button ramrod secured by four brass pipes including distinctive flared second pipe typical of Liege contract guns.  Flat sideplate with brass triggerguard, buttplate, and blank thumb piece.  Lock is a replacement with King's crown forward of cock and "TOWER."  Lockplate shows features of the several models including a bridled pan, three-pronged spring finial, and evidence of an ordnance stamp forward of crown.

Condition: Poor to fair.  Barrel has a dark brown patination with scattered rough areas of old pitting.  Lock is poorly fitting in mortise with a section of missing wood around hammer and breech.  Stock appears to have been sanded with a repair consisting of two nails rear of breech.  Action is not functional, does not hold at cock and may need some sear adjustments to return to working order.  Bore is dark.  

EST $ 2500 - 3500...more

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Southern Style Flintlock Rifle

Lot # 5 (Sale Order: 5 of 282)      

.44 caliber, 44.75" pinned octagonal barrel, no S/N. Browned finish, brass and iron furniture, rough hewn hardwood stock. Partially legible lock markings, lock reconverted to flint. Brass buttplate and side plate. Iron furniture includes the tiggerguard, sheet iron forend reinforcement cap, two ramrod thimbles and an entry pipe. Dovetailed notched rear sight, dovetailed front sight. Crude construction and assembly throughout. Includes a wood ramrod.

Condition: Good. Metal with an oxidized patina showing scattered pitting. Mechanically functional reconverted flint lock with some replaced parts. Bore moderately oxidized and pitted. Stock good, worn, with a long splintering crack running about 7" from the pan down the upper edge of the stock that is loose and not secure, forend with other glued cracks along the forend as well. Wood with bumps and dings.

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Buck & Ball Flintlock Kentucky Rifle

Lot # 6 (Sale Order: 6 of 282)      

.48 caliber smoothbore, 45.4375" octagonal-to-round wedge-retained barrel with baluster turned rings at the transition, no S/N. Browned finish, brass furniture, full-length hardwood stock with raised cheek rest and simple floral incised carving on the reverse of the butt. Top flat of barrel signed in script with two letters, possibly JT or JL. Unmarked commercial flint lock is a replacement, rifle reconverted to flint. Brass furniture includes rudimentary horse head finial four-piece open work patch box, butt plate, toe plate with cut out shield and circle designs, saddle plate, triggerguard, side plate, ramrod pipes, two-piece barrel wedges and sheet brass nose cap. Fixed notch rear sight, dovetailed blade front sight. Wood ramrod with iron wiper at end secured by two faceted pipes with baluster turned rings and entry pipe of the same design. German silver embellishments include a crescent moon on the cheek rest and oval thumb plate at wrist.

Condition: Very good. Barrel and lock with an oxidized brown patina mixed with traces of old browning, showing some scattered surface roughness and some minor light pitting. Mechanically functional, moderately oxidized bore with scattered light to moderate pitting. Stock good with a repaired diagonal crack at the octagonal-to-round transition and some repaired cracks along the forend, forward of the middle wedge. Reverse middle wedge missing. Patch box spring does not work and lid catch must be manually engaged.

EST $ 2500 - 4000...more

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Early Raised Carved Kentucky Rifle

Lot # 7 (Sale Order: 7 of 282)      

.50 caliber, 43.75" wedge retained octagonal barrel, no S/N. Browned finish, brass furniture, full-length hardwood stock with faux tiger striping. Unmarked barrel and lock. Flint lock a likely replacement appears to be in original flint with rounded, partially fenced and bridled pan, resurfaced steel (frizzen) and a flat beveled, swan neck cock. Barrel shows erosion and pitting at the breech consistent with percussion use. Four-piece sheet brass patch box, two-piece buttplate and flat, two-screw side plate, 1.875" sheet brass nose cap. Butt 1.875" wide, with a 4" drop at the heel, giving the stock a graceful Roman nosed appearance. Stock with raised carved floral decorations behind the raised cheek rest and around the entry pipe, with incised lines along the forend. Includes a brass tipped wooden ramrod. 

Condition: Good. Metal moderately oxidized with even light pitting, more severe at breech and around touchhole area. Mechanically function, fair bore is smooth, moderately oxidized and pitted with some rust. Stock with substantial repairs at the wrist, with added wood and visible repaired cracks, forend with some wood repair as well, the balance of the stock with moderate bumps, dings and mars. Raised carving is weak and soft. Still an attractive and seemingly early production "Kentucky."

EST $ 4000 - 6500...more

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Fullstock Flintlock Rifle

Lot # 8 (Sale Order: 8 of 282)      

.48 caliber, 43.125" hooked breech, wedge retained octagonal barrel, no S/N. Bright finish, brass furniture, full-length hardwood stock. Unmarked lock and barrel. Reconverted to flint, lock with a fenced and bridled rounded pan and a flat, beveled swan neck cock. Lock with light engraving at tail and on hammer neck. Mounted with an engraved brass four-piece daisy head patch box, additional brass furniture includes a 1.6" wide buttplate and engraved toe plate, triggerguard with extended grip spur, engraved lock escutcheons and facetted brass ramrod pipes. German silver escutcheons around barrel wedges. Stock with raised cheek rest with engraved feather motif German silver inlay, an engraved German silver inlay surrounded by a checkered diamond pattern to the rear of the rest and decorative silver wire set around the cheek rest, around the periphery of the counterpane, around the breech plug tang and around the buttplate tang. Checkered wrist. Includes a wooden ramrod with cleaning jag at the end.

Condition: Very good. Barrel cleaned to bright with scattered surface oxidation. Mechanically functional lock reconverted to flint with a replaced hammer, bore about very good with deep rifling and moderate oxidation with scattered pitting. Brass with a medium golden patina. Stock with some added finish, showing scattered bumps, dings and mars as well as some handling marks, but apparently solid and free of any major repairs.

EST $ 3500 - 7500...more

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Barnett Brass Flintlock Barreled Blunderbuss

Lot # 9 (Sale Order: 9 of 282)      

1.25" flared cannon muzzle with baluster turned rings at transition, 14" barrel, no S/N. Brass barrel, steel lock, large "trade gun"-style brass triggerguard, plain brass buttplate. Lock in original flint marked BARNETT, with rounded fenced and bridled iron pan and flat beveled swan neck cock. London commercial proofs at breech. Replacement wood ramrod.

Condition: Good. Brass cleaned with a dull patina, lock cleaned to bright with light pitting. Mechanically functional, moderately oxidized bore. Stock with scattered bumps, dings and mars.

EST $ 1500 - 2500...more

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Brass Flintlock Blunderbuss with Snap Bayonet by Wathen

Lot # 10 (Sale Order: 10 of 282)      

1.3" flared muzzle with baluster turned rings, two-stage 13.125" pinned round barrel with rings at breech, no S/N. Brass barrel and furniture, walnut stock, steel bayonet. 5.875" slightly rounded lock with pointed tail engraved Wathen under the pan. Lock with integral fenced and bridled iron and flat beveled swan neck cock with sliding safety at rear. Breech with Tower private proofs. Barrel mounted with 10.125" spring loaded bayonet on top. Flat 3-screw side plate and buttplate with simple engraving, triggerguard bow with minimal decoration and a rudimentary urn final. Includes an old brass tipped wood ramrod that is missing the sleeved jag at the end. William Wathen worked in London ca 1788-1800 (Blackmore)

Condition: Very good. Brass with a medium bronze patina, lock moderately oxidized, with a rich brown patina and some moderate pinpricking. Mechanically functional lock and bayonet, moderately oxidized bore. Stock with scattered bumps, dings and mars. Bayonet moderately oxidized with some light pitting and roughness.

EST $ 2000 - 3000...more

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Snap Bayonet Flintlock Blunderbuss by Rea

Lot # 11 (Sale Order: 11 of 282)      

1.25" flared muzzle, 13.75" barrel, no S/N. Brass barrel and furniture, case hardened lock, walnut stock, bright steel bayonet. Flat beveled stepped lock is lightly engraved with sliding safety at rear and marked REA. Lock in original flint with rounded fenced and bridled pan and flat beveled swan neck cock light engraved with foliate patterns matching those on the lock behind the hammer. Top of barrel marked - REA - 91 - MINORIES - LONDON. Breech with London commercial proofs. Engraved shield-shaped wrist escutcheon, buttplate engraved with panoplies of arms, engraved trigger with pineapple finial. 7.5" triangular-bladed snap bayonet mounted on top of barrel. Includes a horn-tipped wood ramrod with iron wiper at end. Stock with checkered wrist.

Condition: Very good. Brass with a dull golden patina. Markings remain clear, mechanically functional, moderately oxidized bore. Stock with a 3" repaired crack running diagonally through the front lock screw. Wood with added finish showing scattered bumps, dings and mars. Bayonet fully functional.

EST $ 2000 - 3000...more

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Double Barrel Flintlock Shotgun By Michel Beleur

Lot # 12 (Sale Order: 12 of 282)      

.58 caliber (20 gauge), 33.25" octagonal-to-round barrels, no S/N. Bright finish, straight gripped-stock with raised cheek rest, checkered wrist and forend. Locks engraved Michel on the reverse and possibly Berleui (?) on the obverse. Flat beveled locks with pronounced teat at the rear, fenced and bridled steel pans, swan neck cocks engrave with feather motifs. Engraved furniture with elaborate urn finial on front of the trigger guard and a doe on the bottom of the guard itself. Sling swivels in toe of stock and at entry pipe. Horn-tipped wood ramrod secured by two thimbles and an entry pipe. Includes an old, broken leather sling.

Condition: Good. Metal cleaned with a dull pewter patina and scattered surface oxidation with age discoloration. Lock markings somewhat weak, engraving mostly clear and crisp. Mechanically functional locks, bores good with moderate oxidation and some pitting, mostly near the muzzles. Stock sanded, leaving the checkering weak with added finish on the wood.

EST $ 1000 - 2000...more

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A Fine and Rare Silver Mounted Portuguese Miquelet Fowler Ca 1790 with Silver Inlaid Spanish Barrel

Lot # 13 (Sale Order: 13 of 282)      

A Fine and Rare Silver Mounted Portuguese Miquelet Fowler Ca 1790 with Silver Inlaid Spanish Barrel by Bustindui and Pattalia Lock by Gomes

.68 caliber, 33.3" barrel. Portuguese guns are extremely rare and they have a slightly different form than Spanish guns. Another Portuguese Miquelet gun was formerly in the collection of Clay P. Bedford and illustrated in his book, Decorated Firearms. The long barrel of Spanish form extensively inlaid at breech with gold and silver inlay and gold poincon. Silver front sight surrounded by silver inlay including double-headed birds. Silver barrel bands, raised silver rear sight with acorn finial. Silver triggerguard with acorn finial. Initials FG. Silver buttcap with acorn finial.  Lock is of excellent construction with sophisticated engraving and roller bearing main spring. Figured exotic walnut stock with fluted butt in the Portuguese manner. Ivory tipped ramrod. 

Provenance:Richard B Trethuey collection of Maple Ridge, British Columbia. Eric Vaule. Bridgewater, Connecticut

Condition: Barrel is a combination of aged brown and cleaning where inlays occur. Lock is aged brown. Face of frizzen signed by maker Manuel Gomes. Silver mounts in good condition throughout. Figured stock in fine condition throughout with minor marks. Bore is good. A very rare gun for the advanced collector of European fowling pieces or high art guns in general. 

EST $ 4000 - 6000...more

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1758 French & Indian Wars Carved Flat-Sided Horn

Lot # 14 (Sale Order: 14 of 282)      

8.5" length with an octagonal spout, signed D.M. and dated 1758 inside the perimeter of a six-point rosette. Opposite side initialed J.P. and dated 1840 inside the perimeter of a six-point rosette. One edge engraved with a firearm and opposite edge with an ax. Complete with an engrailed edge. Overall length 9". (Pictured on p. 215 in Johnston, James R. Accouterments III. Golden Age Arms Co., 1995.)

Condition: Very nice dark brown patina. Overall excellent.

EST $ 1000 - 1500...more

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Mid 18th Century Engraved New York State Map Horn

Lot # 15 (Sale Order: 15 of 282)      

This exquisite New York State map horn with elaborate engraving detailing important landmarks from the St. Lawrence River to Lake Ontario to the Mohawk River to the meeting point in Albany with the Hudson River ending in New York City.  The city shows several detailed and polychromed buildings with a banner above marked "New York."  Along the map we see several detailed ships with original polychrome.  Also, several important cities are featured.  These cities include Montreal, Saratoga, Ticonderoga, Niagara.  Lakes that are engraved on this horn are Lake George, Lake Oneida and Lake Champlain.  Several important Forts are featured including Ft. Ontario, Ft. Stainwix, Ft. Harriman, Ft. Henrik, Ft. Hunter, Still Water and Ft. Edward.  Large United Kingdom coat of arms marked "dieu et mon droit."  A good size horn measuring 15" through the curve to the end of the lobe.  Wood base.  The throat measures 1.5" to the raised rings.  Raised rings to the spout measures 3".    

Condition: A beautiful pre-Revolutionary War horn retaining most of the polychrome blending with an amber to brownish patina on the horn proper.  Wood base with some linear carvings and missing some of the stain. The throat and spout are very good with some color fading.  There is a crack 1.5" crack on the spout.  Lightly polished edges with the exception of the lobe.  

EST $ 4000 - 6000...more

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Early American Saber with Regimental Inscription

Lot # 16 (Sale Order: 16 of 282)      

27.5" single-edged blade with 21" median fuller.  Brass single-branch guard and semi-fluted horn grip.  Reverse of blade engraved in script "Liba Hoyt, Second Liut Artily Co 35 Regt."  Leather scabbard with brass throat and chape.

Condition: Blade has a mixed oxidized patina with some old pitting and light orange rust. Guard has a dull patination with some flaking on grip. Leather scabbard is in fair condition with some mix of flexibility and dryness. Old repair near chape. An interesting sword worthy of further research.

EST $ 1000 - 1500...more

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18th Century American Horseman's Sword

Lot # 17 (Sale Order: 17 of 282)      

35.75" single-edge blade with full length median fuller and 26" sub-fuller.  Iron half-basket guard with grooved wood grip and globular pommel.  

Condition: Blade shows some moderate oxidation with some patches of old removed rust.  Guard has a gunmetal patination with some very light old pitting.  Guard has some stable hairline splits due to age.  A good example of the utilitarian and unpretentious arms favored by Americans during the 18th century.

EST $ 2500 - 5000...more

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US Model 1795 Type II Springfield Musket Twice Altered to Percussion

Lot # 18 (Sale Order: 18 of 282)      

.69 caliber, 42.5" barrel, no S/N. Bright finish, walnut stock with three flat, spring retained barrel bands. Lock with standard Springfield markings, dated 1808 at tail, buttplate tang dated 1808 as well. Breech with a deep diamond-shaped touch mark as well as US and P / {eagle head} / V proofs. Twice altered to percussion, once by the cone in barrel system with an evidently welded hole in the top of the barrel near the breech. The second alteration was by the French or drum method and this is the current configuration with a drum and nipple in the old touchhole location and a lightly engraved civilian pattern hammer. Sling swivels are replaced, retains a period button head ramrod.

Condition: Good. Chemically cleaned to a dull gray color. Markings mostly legible with even light to moderate pitting over most of the metal surfaces. Mechanically functional, fair smooth bore is heavily oxidized and pitted. Stock with wear, a large chip missing behind the middle barrel band on the reverse, scattered bumps and dings and some mars.

EST $ 1000 - 1500...more

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US Springfield Model 1795 Type II Musket Dated 1808

Lot # 19 (Sale Order: 19 of 282)      

.69 caliber, 44.5" barrel, no S/N. Bright finish, walnut stock with three flat bands all retained by springs to their rear. Flat flint lock with pronounced teat at rear marked US / {spread-winged eagle} / SPRINGFIELD in an upward arc under the pan and dated 1808 on the tail. Buttplate tang with matching 1808 date and standard P / {eagle head} / V proof marks at breech, and a weak US on the barrel as well. Counterpane with block J.C. mark, but no expected inspection marks. This stamp is also present on upper rear of the reverse stock along with another J. Long rounded triggerguard plate measuring about 10.125".  Lock reconverted to flint. Sling swivels missing. Includes a button head ramrod that is missing the threads at the end.

Condition: Good. Metal oxidized with mottled discoloration and some pitting, with weak barrel markings and stronger lock markings. Mechanically functional, heavily oxidized and rusty bore. Stock with wear, scattered bumps and dings, some slivered missing wood near the tip of the forend on the reverse and in the ramrod channel. Wood with some added finish.

EST $ 1500 - 3000...more

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Model 1795 Springfield Musket Type II Dated 1806

Lot # 20 (Sale Order: 20 of 282)      

.69 caliber, 44" barrel, no S/N. Bright finish, walnut stock with three flat bands all retained by springs to their rear. Flat flint lock with pronounced teat at rear marked US / {spread-winged eagle} under the pan and marked SPRINGFIELD in vertical arc with date 1806 on the tail. Buttplate tang dated 1806. P / {eagle head} / V inspection marks on barrel, none legible on counterpane. Modified triggerguard, cut down from earlier Charleville pattern, with pointed front finial and measuring about 9.5". Lock appears to be in original flint with matching mating mark "1" on small parts with the top jaw and screw replaced. Barrel with moderately eroded touchhole in the correct location with some visible taper. Lock mounting screws mismatched. Upper sling swivel replaced, lower swivel missing. Lower band of Charleville pattern with holes for ramrod retention spring. Stock with initials RSB carved on reverse and cross and two dots on the obverse. Includes an iron button head ramrod that is missing the threads at the end.

Condition: Good. Metal with a mottled salt and pepper patina with dark gray discoloration over medium pewter gray. Markings legible in metal, not in wood. Mechanically functional, fair bore is heavily oxidized and rusty with pitting. Stock worn and sanded, with splintered chips missing along the upper edge of the reverse forend with wood filler at the tang. Stock with bumps and dings as well.

EST $ 1500 - 3000...more

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Model 1795 Springfield Type II Musket Dated 1805

Lot # 21 (Sale Order: 21 of 282)      

.69 caliber, 42.25" barrel, no S/N. Bright finish, walnut stock with three flat bands all retained by springs to their rear. Flat flint lock with pronounced teat at rear marked US / {spread-winged eagle} under the pan and marked SPRINGFIELD in vertical arc with date 1805 on the tail. Buttplate tang dated 1807. No inspection marks on barrel or legible on counterpane, with a weak block J? behind the triggerguard tang. Later pattern triggerguard with rounded ends, measuring 10.325" long. Lock appears to be in original flint with matching mating mark "1" on small parts with cock repaired and possibly replaced. Top jaw and screw are replaced. Barrel with moderately eroded touchhole in the correct location with some visible taper. Lock mounting screws mismatched. Retains sling swivels and button head ramrod that is missing the threads at the end.

Condition: Good. Metal moderately oxidized with a mottled brown and gray patina, metal cleaned long ago and toning down. Mechanically functional lock, bore heavily oxidized with rust and some pitting. Stock worn, sanded with numerous cracks and some repairs around the lock mortise and forward portion of the counterpane, as well as through the butt. Also showing bumps and dings. 

EST $ 1500 - 3000...more

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US Model 1795 Springfield Musket With 33" Barrel

Lot # 22 (Sale Order: 22 of 282)      

.69 caliber, 32.3125" barrel, no S/N. Bright finish, walnut stock with two flat bands retained by springs to their rear. Flat flint lock with pronounced teat at rear marked US / {spread-winged eagle} under the pan and dated 1805 with SPRINGFIELD in a vertical arc on the tail. Buttplate tang dated 1806. Standard P / {eagle head} / V proof marks at breech, as well as US. Counterpane with illegible block letter inspection at tail. Lock in original flint with matching mating mark of a single punch dot on small parts. Top jaw and screw are replaced. Barrel with oversized, heavily eroded touchhole in the correct location. Bayonet lug on top of barrel 1.625" from muzzle. Stock drilled for a sling swivel screw in forend that passes through an added stud under the barrel and in toe of stock, both missing. Stock stamped H. MORSE vertically  on obverse butt. Includes a reproduction ramrod. This appears to be one of the approximately 7,000 US M1795 muskets that had their barrels shortened to roughly 33" circa 1815.

Condition: Good. Metal moderately oxidized with a mottled brown and silvery gray patina. Metal with some surface roughness and scattered pitting. Markings in metal clear, weaker in wood. Mechanically functional, heavily oxidized bore. Stock with scattered bumps, dings and mars, with chips at toe of butt and around buttplate tang. 

EST $ 1500 - 2500...more

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Model 1795 Springfield Musket Type II

Lot # 23 (Sale Order: 23 of 282)      

.69 caliber, 44.875" barrel, no S/N. Bright finish, walnut stock with three flat bands all retained by springs to their rear. Flat flint lock with pronounced teat at rear marked US / {spread-winged eagle} / SPRINGFIELD in an upward arc under the pan and dated 1809 on the tail. Buttplate tang with matching 1809 date and standard P / {eagle head} / V proof marks at breech, and a weak SNY (state of New York) ownership mark on the barrel as well. Counterpane with weak block "V" and script US and illegible block letter inspection. Lock in original flint with matching mating mark "O" on small parts and marked MM in script on the interior. Top jaw and screw are replaced. Barrel with oversized, heavily eroded touchhole in the correct location. Retains sling swivels and button head ramrod that is missing the threads at the end.

Condition: Good. Metal evenly pitted, cleaned with a dull pewter and bronze patina, the latter likely from old, dried grease. Mechanically functional, heavily oxidized bore with some light pitting. Stock sanded with bumps, dings and mars and chips missing from from both sides of the breech plug tang.

EST $ 1500 - 3000...more

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Model 1795 Type 5 Springfield Flintlock Musket

Lot # 24 (Sale Order: 24 of 282)      

.72 caliber, 44.25" round barrel, no S/N. Bright finish, smooth walnut stock with three flat, spring-retained barrel bands. Flat iron lock with pronounced teat at rear and fenced integral iron pan. Lock in original flint with matching single punch dot mating marks on most parts with the top jaw, top jaw screw and both lock mounting screws apparent replacements. Lock marked under the pan US / {spread-winged eagle} / Springfield, tail dated 1810. Buttplate tang dated 1811. Barrel with P/{eagle head}/V and two deep touch marks on upper left quadrant of breech with US on top of breech. Barrel appears to be in original flint with moderately eroded touchhole that is slightly oversized, but remains tapered and is correctly located in the pan. Legible script US on counterpane, with illegible weak oval cartouche behind the triggerguard. Matching VI assembly marks on mainspring, under barrel, on breech plug and tang screw, and on the rear edges of the barrel bands. Retains both sling swivels and a period button head ramrod that has had the tail end modified to a pointed curly wiper.

Condition: Good. Metal lightly cleaned with scattered mottling and oxidized discoloration. Breech with some moderate pitting. Lock cleaned, mainspring cracked and supported by a wood shim, but remains functional. Bore heavily oxidized with some pitting. Breech plug tang broken and screw hole and welded. Stock worn, lightly sanded with some chipped loss around the rear of the lock and old chipped loss along the lower edge of the counterpane. Stock with a cracked repair running though the lock mortise area, and round the rear of the upper lock edge. 

EST $ 1500 - 3000...more

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Model 1812 Type I Springfield Flintlock Musket

Lot # 25 (Sale Order: 25 of 282)      

.69 caliber, 41.75" round barrel, no S/N. Bright finish, smooth walnut stock with three flat, spring-retained barrel bands. Flat iron lock with pronounced teat at rear and fenced integral iron pan. Lock in original flint with matching backwards Z mating marks on most parts. Lock marked under the pan US / {spread-winged eagle} / Springfield, tail dated 1813. Buttplate tang dated 1813. Barrel with P/{eagle head}/V and a deep touch marks on upper left quadrant of breech with US on top of breech. Barrel appears to be in original flint as well, with a crisp touchhole that is correctly tapered and is correctly located in the pan. No cartouche present on counterpane. Matching "I" assembly marks on most parts. Retains a period button head ramrod, both swivels replaced.

Condition: Good. Metal lightly cleaned to bright with clear markings and some scattered surface oxidation. Mechanically functional, top jaw cracked, good bore is very dirty and moderately oxidized. Stock sanded and refinished.

EST $ 1500 - 3000...more

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