Composite French New Model 1763 Heavy Flintlock Musket

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  Lot #400  (Sale Order: 400 of 824)  
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About .72 cal, 44 1/2” barrel with a lightly oxidized bore. The metal surfaces show an overall plum brown coating of smoke or tobacco residue beneath which is an armory bright pewter patina, there are sparse smatterings of light oxidation present. There are some light arsenal markings on the left barrel radius which are not fully legible, one appears to be the number “68” beneath a fleur-de-lis along with what is likely a partial “St. Etienne” marking and the tang is clearly engraved “1763”. The lockplate is a similar dull gray patina showing some minor pitting on the cock. It is clearly “Charleville” engraved beneath the remnants of an original “St. Etienne” arsenal stamp. There is a brass blade atop the front band and under lug for bayonet mounting, the barrel bands are all a lightly oxidized brown patina as is the triggerguard and its bow, showing light pitting. The buttplate shows a bit more pitting, as is typical and the sideplate is the new 1763 pattern. The stock rates very good plus and is unmolested with overall minor dings and handling marks from the years, there are a couple minor chips around the lockplate and a minor chip at the rear of the barrel tang. There is a capital “V” inspectors marking on the left stock flat and the number “36” has been neatly incise-carved into the wrist to the rear of the barrel tang. “PC” is stamped on the sideplate and on the toeline of the stock directly to the rear of the triggerguard tang. Additionally “No. 1” is stamped on the comb line directly in front of the buttplate tang, the left side of the butt shows another partial stamping either “VW” or an upside down “MA”, unfortunately only the M or W is visible, the other character is only partial and therefore illegible. What is likely the original ramrod is present and the lock is crisp and mechanically functional and the sling swivels are intact. An added bonus with this arm is what appears to be its original bayonet. The bayonet features a 13 7/8” blade with one third length face flute and deep full-length back flutes. It is 1 1/8” wide at its rear-most section. There are deeply impressed touch marks, one appears to be a star, one is illegible, the other appears to be a letter beneath a crown. The bayonet has the same coating of smoke also with some minor oxidation present and gunmetal gray toning. It has an L-shape mortised without any provision for locking ring, it fits this musket precisely. The gun appears to be in original flint in every respect. Really a very nice, very convincing example overall of a very clean looking “Charleville” style musket, assembled very many years ago, but not from the period of the American Revolution, with an original bayonet with some very nice markings. (36623-52) {ANTIQUE}

Estimate: 1200 - 1800

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This item is part of Auction No. 105 - Session 1
 Saturday, Mar 28, 2015 | 10:00 AM  Eastern
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Composite French New Model 1763 Heavy Flintlock Musket
Composite French New Model 1763 Heavy Flintlock Musket
Lot number: 400
Seller: Amoskeag Auction Company, Inc.
Event: Auction No. 105 - Session 1
Ends: Saturday, March 28 | 10:00 AM  Eastern

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