Identified French Model 1768 Musket with 3rd New Hampshire Battalion Markings, .70 caliber, walnut stock (period restock) with a small "NH" stamped just below the trigger guard and "ID" carved into the left side of the stock by the side plate, steel fittings, barrel breech marked "US" and "NH 3 B No. 167," barrel lg. 44 1/8, overall lg. 58 1/2 in.
Provenance: The Bill Ahearn collection.
Note: A search of the list of arms dated November, 1777, issued to Captain Gray's Company of the 3rd New Hampshire in the collection of the Massachusetts Historical Society revealed that this gun, number 167, was issued to Enoch Thomas of Wolfborough, New Hampshire. He enlisted May 2, 1777 and was at Valley Forge as well as the Battle of Monmouth, New Jersey. Included with the gun are copies of the Gray's Company arms list as well as Thomas's service and pension records.
Exhibitions: The Thomas Clarke House, Princeton Battlefield.
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