Pattern 1769 Short Land Musket with U.S. Surcharge, c. 1770s, .78 caliber, walnut stock with a large "US" surcharge on the right side of the butt and punched initials "HI," two screw pattern 1777 lock lightly marked "TOWER" with a pattern 1756 cock and replaced steel, top of the barrel marked with proof marks, and an iron ramrod, barrel lg. 42, overall lg. 58 in.
Provenance: The Bill Ahearn collection.
Literature: Illustrated and described in Bill Ahearn, Muskets of the Revolution and French & Indian Wars (Lincoln, RI: Andrew Mowbray Publishers, 2005), p. 67; and Bill Ahearn and Robert Nittolo, British Military Long Arms in Colonial America (Pittsburgh, PA: Dorrance, 2018), pp. 252-53.
Exhibitions: The Thomas Clarke House, Princeton Battlefield.
Stock has some dings and nicks, a crack near the toe of the butt, and has a replaced forend about two inches above the lower entry pipe. The lock is a two screw with a 1756 cock and the steel is replaced..
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