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    U.S. M1808 .69 Caliber Smoothbore Flintlock Musket by J. Henry, Philadelphia, with a Documented History of War of 1812 Use by Daniel Epps of Captain Robert Carson's Company of Tennessee Militia. The gun is in overall excellent complete original condition, including the original flintlock configuration. All metal smooth with light to medium patina, very sharp, with deep crisp markings, including US in oval and eagle on lock, in addition to the Henry markings, and eaglehead CT proof on the breech, as well as V at the breech and on the barrel tang. Wood also excellent with dark patina and very small rectangular inspector's cartouche, just one small sliver along the left side of the ramrod channel between the upper and middle bands. Initials "RH" carved just forward of the trigger guard, along with what was clearly the word MARYLAND branded in the stock. This has been intentionally obliterated apparently during the period of use, probably when the gun was reissued. The gun is accompanied by a voluminous provenance file containing letters detailing the guns lineage, Epps' official records, including Epps application for a pension with a detailed account by him of his War of 1812 service, and a detailed affidavit from Epps' great great grandson relating the family history of the gun. Epps returned to his farm in Tennessee after his military service and eventually resettled in Missouri, where he died in 1859. A superb condition example of a very desirable early US military longarm, with a great history of War of 1812 use.

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    June, 2010
    26th Saturday
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