British Private Contract Fusil Made by Richard Wilson Marked New Jersey, London, England, c. mid-18th century, .69 caliber, walnut stock, brass fittings, engraved on the butt plate tang "NEW=JERSEY," and the remnants of "10" on the wrist plate, lock marked "WILSON," the barrel has proof marks as well as a star over "RW," and "LONDON" on the top of the barrel, with an iron ramrod, barrel lg. 38 3/8, overall lg. 54 3/4 in.
Provenance: The Bill Ahearn collection.
Literature: Illustrated and described in Bill Ahearn, "British Long Arms at Lake George," Man at Arms (April 2001); Bill Ahearn, Muskets of the Revolution and French & Indian Wars (Lincoln, RI: Andrew Mowbray Publishers, 2005),pp. 146-47; and Bill Ahearn and Robert Nittolo, British Military Long Arms in Colonial America (Pittsburgh, PA: Dorrance, 2018),p. 401.
Stock has a few dings and nicks as well as a few filled in dents, there is a small amount of wood loss at the base of the entry pipe into the stock, and the lock functions properly.
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