New Hampshire Battalion Marked French Model 1763/66 Infantry Musket, Maubeuge, France, 1773, 44 11/16 in., .77 caliber round barrel "NH 2B No 472" over "73" barrel date secured to the walnut stock by three iron bands, and bottom mounted bayonet lug; slightly curved lock plate with beveled edges and pointed tail, traces of manufactory engraving below the pan, the inside surface of the lock plate stamped "T" and "R"; stock with noticeable curl to the grain, marked incomplete crown over "C[?]" on the left side of the butt; iron furniture including butt plate with blunt finial, trigger guard with pointed finials, and "S" side plate stamped "PI" on the exterior and with an indistinct mark on the interior; original sling swivels; American iron rammer with short trumpet head and spiral grooved base; overall lg. 59 7/8 in.
Literature: This musket is documented in Michael R. Carroll, New Hampshire Marked French Revolutionary War Muskets (privately published: 2009), p. 46, Appendix B: Known Musket Numbers, Known Surviving Specimens: 2ND Battalion.
Note: This musket was part of a shipment of arms that arrived in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on March 17, 1777, from France on board the ship Mercure. Soon thereafter John Langdon, Continental Agent for Maritime Affairs secured 2,016 of the newly arrived French muskets and bayonets for use by three regiments of New Hampshire soldiers being raised at that time. These arms were marked with the distinctive battalion and number markings by Exeter, New Hampshire, silversmith, John Ward Gilman who for his work was paid 16 pounds, 16 shillings on May 6, 1777. For a thorough history of these arms see Michael R. Carroll, New Hampshire Marked French Revolutionary War Muskets (privately published: 2009).
Metal cleaned and with a generally bright surface with mottled toning, evidence of oxidation at breech and corresponding moderate pitting in pan; vent with brass lining; stock has scattered dings and dents, old staining, and very minor spots of wood loss along the barrel channel on each side.
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