Dutch Contract Musket, From Harold Peterson Estate, Original Flintlock
Officer's or Sergeant's Light Weight Fusil, .69 Caliber by Thone of Amsterdam
1775 Colonial Arms Contract for Massachusetts, Probably by Ben Franklin
Circa 1775 to 1780
Lightweight fusil, imported and used during the American Revolution - SOLD
The 39.5" barrel is brown fading to smoky gray; top of breech displays an Amsterdam control mark; small lock with matching gooseneck hammer having border line engraving; marked in two lines near center "THORNE/AMSTERDAM".
Smooth normal wear to metal; the lightweight and gracefully proportioned walnut stock is sound and has good color and patina; small piece missing from top at forend, about 5 by 1/8". There are two very old, barely noticeable patches to stock, one between barrel bands that measures 2.5 by .75"; the other between last barrel band and sideplate measuring 1.25 by .75"; neither distract or compromise the importance of this rare historic fusil. Nicely made and smaller scale engraved military style brass furniture; delicate workmanship; fancy brass escutcheon plate centered by silver wire inlay at wrist. Three brass barrel-bands held by friction, the first band is elegantly engraved; the top band being especially wide, 8" in length, and double-strapped; lacks swing swivel. British style trigger guard engraved with panoply of arms; engraved brass sideplate and buttplate; iron ramrod. This fusil was lot number eight of the important Harold Peterson Estate and is accompanied by the original 1978 bill of sale to a Minnesota collector; signed by Mrs. Harold Peterson and noted collector Robert Rubendunst.