Material: Black walnut by analysis, brass furniture
Condition: Excellent, ramrod appears to be original however…tip is missing. There is a
small trivial chip in stock ahead of sideplate that was long-ago filled; two short shrinkage
fissures to forend, which, we mention for accuracy. Gun displays beautifully.
Additional Information: This fine attractive fusil/musket was certainly made for an
officer. The wood has been tested as American black walnut…checkered wrist with
silver thumb piece. All brass furniture including the trigger guard with an acorn finial and
long tang; “S” shaped sideplate, nose guard, and four pipes; front two are trumpet
shaped. The barrel is pinned to stock and displays an old bright finish. Mechanically
smooth and tight.
According to "Historic Pistols" by Samuel E. Smith and Edwin W. Bitter, John P.
Moore operated a gun shop in New York City between 1823 and 1840. J.P. Moore
supplied pistols to some of the American Militia units in the 1820 to 1840 period
however other sources have a “J.P. Moore” of Union, NY working prior to this date, and
into the Civil War years (producing Enfield type muskets). Considering the architecture
and the .79-caliber barrel we are confident that this was made circa 1820…possibly
earlier. There is much conjecture regarding J.P. More.
308-635 / E0351-P
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