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    18th Century Lancaster County Pennsylvania Flintlock Musket Made for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The actions of Lancaster County gunsmiths during the Revolution and in the early Federal period, with respect to the production of firearms for military use, has long been a point of conjecture. This gun would appear to clearly have its point of origin in that area, with crisp markings identifying it to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

    What we assume to be the original owner's name "J. MANN" is deeply struck or branded twice on the right side of the butt stock. The names are one over the other, with the upper name upside down so it could be read by the person bearing the gun. The gun uses what appears to be an early French octagon to round 45 7/8" barrel of .70 caliber. There is the remnant of a marking where one would expect to see a proof mark, with the only thing quite clear being a letter "M". A notched rear sight has been dovetailed into the back part of the barrel with a small blade front sight near the muzzle. The flat, slightly banana shaped 6 1/4" lock, with a reinforced pan, has a noticeable teat at the tail. The lock is held in place by two large screws and is marked vertically at the tail "C P" (Commonwealth of Pennsylvania) The trigger guard, with two wood screws holding the tail in place, appears to have been taken from an 18th century French military musket. There is no indication that this gun was to have any more than the single ramrod thimble now present. A striped ramrod is present with the tip broken. The buttplate is brass. The gun is stocked in tiger maple that now has a wonderful dark patina but not too dark to hide the grain. Some pitting around the touch hole else just smooth dark untouched patina overall. Although the wood is very sound with only minor scuffs, there is a 3" age crack with no loss, on the left rear of the butt stock. A most rare American 18th century musket, with butt architecture indicating its production in Lancaster, Pa. The gun was either assembled directly for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or surcharged by them after the Revolution.

    Estimate: $8,000 - up.

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    June, 2012
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