1797 Springfield Ships Musket, (1795 type I pattern), Extremely Rare & Fine
The lock configuration and markings are consistent with Model 1795 (Type I)
Tangs were not marked during this early period, not until 1799… SOLD
The United States Navy was re-established in 1797, the Constitution, the United States, and the Constellation were commissioned; the first government orders for a specific “ships musket” were recorded as ordered by the Secretary of War as armament for the Navy. This example remains in outstanding original condition, the stock is superb and displays a great patina; all metal parts including barrel are a smooth mottled plumb-brown; action is smooth and tight. Discussions are found within American Military Shoulder Arms, Volume II by George Moller, also U.S. Military Flintlock Muskets Volume II by Peter Schmidt. See: Borders Away, Volume II: Firearms of the Age of Fighting Sail by William Gilkerson; and of course, Flayderman’s Guide, 9th edition, page 540. (Overall L: 57.5”, barrel L: 42.25”)
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