Pennsylvania Committee of Safety Contract Musket Made by Henry Voigt, c. 1775, .75 caliber, walnut stock, British-style brass fittings, tail of the lock plate marked "VOIGT/1775," remnants of British proof marks on the breech of the barrel, sheet brass nose cap and an iron ramrod, barrel lg. 42, overall lg. 58 in.
Provenance: The Bill Ahearn collection.
Literature: Bill Ahearn, "Our Nation's First Shoulderarm-The Pennsylvania Committee of Safety Contract Musket," The Gun Report (October 1991); Bill Ahearn, "Identifying American Revolutionary War Firearms," The Gun Report (August 1992); Bill Ahearn, "Colonial Firearms Displayed at the Princeton Battlefield," The Gun Report (May 1994); and Bill Ahearn, Muskets of the Revolution and French & Indian Wars (Lincoln, RI: Andrew Mowbray Publishers, 2005),pp. 155-57.
Exhibitions: Arms of the Revolution, Thomas Clarke House, Princeton Battlefield, 1992-1998, and Museum of American Finance, New York, April-July 2011.
Stock has some dings and nicks as well as some loss near the top of the lock plate and barrel tang, Lock functions but has a weak main spring.
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