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US 1798 Whitney Contract Flintlock Musket
The Whitney 1798 Contract Musket was the basic US M1795 musket patterned after the French Charleville musket widely used during the American Revolution and Napoleonic Wars. Approximately 10,000 were made in three distinct types manufactured between 1801 and 1809. This example is of the third style without the teat-like projection at the rear of the lockplate and featuring a rounded hammer and rounded brass flashpan. Round 43" smoothbore barrel of .69 cal. with bayonet lug, stamped at the breech with the inspection stamp of Robert Orr, an oval government proof, and the number "6". The "6" is also stamped on the stock behind the barrel tang and a much larger "6" stamped behind the sideplate. Barrel attached with three spring-mounted iron bands, the front band with a fixed brass blade sight. Oil-finished walnut stock with comb. The lock is stamped with "U.STATES." in an arch behind the hammer and with an eagle above "NEW HAVEN." ahead of the hammer. Iron mounts with sling swivels ahead of the trigger guard and on the middle band. Complete and original, showing age and pitting to the iron parts and wear to the stock typical of a field-used weapon. These were widely used during the War of 1812 and many were later converted to percussion. This example in its original flintlock configuration. Overall length 57 ½".
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