American Militia Musket, late 18th century, .73 caliber, French model 1717 lock, walnut stock, early octagonal to round French military barrel with remnants of barrel maker's mark on the top flat, iron furniture with early French trigger guard, modified early French buttplate, no sideplate, and simplified French-style barrel bands, barrel lg. 46 5/8, overall lg. 62 1/2 in.
Provenance: The Bill Ahearn collection.
Literature: Illustrated and described in Bill Ahearn, "Identifying American Revolutionary War Firearms," The Gun Report (August 1992).
Exhibitions: Thomas Clark House, Princeton Battlefield.
Stock with dings and dents to be expected, minor wood loss around lock mortice.
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