1592. U.S. Model 1816 Flintlock Contract Musket by Wickham

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.69 cal., 42'' barrel with an oxidized bore. The lockplate has later ''U.S. / M.T. WICKHAM'' in arc ahead of cock and ''PHILA / 1828'' vertically rear of cock. The barrel is marked ''P'' (in sunken oval) / (eagle head) / V'' additionally there is a small ''R / 1 17'' stamped at the center of the breech and is dated 1829 on the tang. There is a later, crookedly stamped, previous owners name on the sideplate. The metal surfaces bear a gray brown patina overall with remnants of scattered fine oxidation from an older cleaning, the rear of the barrel showing a little more oxidation and spots of pitting with moderate surface oxidation on the interior of the jaws. The barrel has a few tiny impact marks here and there along with some punch-dot bite marks at the rear of the breech and tang, and a couple larger vise marks on the left side flat. The barrel bands appear to have browned and are now toning to a brown gray patina and seem to be slightly oversized, the front band not seating on the spring properly. The musket has been reconverted from percussion and the markings remain clear and legible. The walnut stock rates about very good overall with a small crack between the rear tang and lock, and the rear of the lockplate, along with a large chip between the pan and cock. There is a large dent in front of the side flat along with other dents and handling marks from the years and a very faint cartouche, the wood may have seen a little added finish and is a bit shy of the metal at the toe. The swivels are in place along with an iron trumpet-shaped ramrod. An overall very good reconverted Wickham musket. (58752-48) {ANTIQUE} (600/800) Sold For 690.00

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