French Model 1768 Musket Marked "Salem," c. 1768, .70 caliber, walnut stock marked on the right side of the butt "SALEM" and "IN," marked on the left side of the butt "IF," lock marked "Charleville," remnants of a light proof mark on the left side of the breech, and an iron ramrod, barrel lg. 44 5/8, overall lg. 59 1/2 in.
Provenance: The Bill Ahearn collection.
Literature: Illustrated and described in Bill Ahearn, "Guns of the Salem County Militia," The Gun Report (October 1992); Bill Ahearn, "Muskets from France-America's First Ally," The Gun Report (February 1996); and Bill Ahearn, Muskets of the Revolution and French & Indian Wars (Lincoln, RI: Andrew Mowbray Publishers, 2005), pp. 192-94.
Stock has a few dings and nicks and has been coated with a protective finish, and the lock functions properly.
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