494. Rare Whitney 1816 Massachusetts Percussion Conversion

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.69 cal., 42" barrel with an oxidized bore. This is a rather neat conversion utilizing a Belgian-style alteration along with a thinned buttstock and a high humped heavy brass ?Sea Fencilbles?-style buttplate with estimated at less than 300 conversions. The lockplate is marked "U.S. / (crossed arrow and olive branch) / E. WHITNEY" in front of hammer and "NEW / HAVEN / 1834" vertically at the rear of the hammer and the brass pan filler is numbered "31". The barrel is marked "US / AH / (raised) P" in sunken oval ahead of nipple and "MS" at the left rear side. The barrel is also numbered "169" behind the nipple and the rear tang is dated 1834. The iron surfaces of the musket bear a gray patina with scattered fine oxidation staining with patches of more active surface oxidation along the right side of the muzzle and triggerguard. The brass pan plug and buttplate have a mellowed patina, the buttplate shows light impact marks and is marked with a large " 31 / A" at the front tang. The walnut stock rates very good with distinct edges, crisp "MS" in the left side flat along with a small crack at the front of the lockplate and a chip at the left heel. The wood is a bit shy of the buttplate and has some other light handling marks in what may be a little added finish. What appears to be a proper trumpet tip iron ramrod is present. A nice looking seldom encountered percussion converted Whitney musket. (58752-80) {ANTIQUE} (800/1200) SOLD FOR $747.50

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