ORIGINAL M1808 RECONVERTED OSBORNE FLINTLOCK MUSKET WITH BAYONET

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Item Code: 934-07

Specimen is an original Model 1808/16 musket devoid of any US Government or state markings. Manufactured by H. Osborne of Springfield, Massachusetts the weapon was produced around 1808. With a war looming in Europe the US Government called for 85,000 muskets from independent makers. Only half that number were delivered and many of the maker’s sold arms to private individuals as well. This particular longarm has a 42.00 inch barrel which is shorter than that called for in government specifications. That and the lack of any government or state markings would lead one to believe that this weapon was sold on the private market.

The barrel is .70 or .71 caliber and has a surface that shows scattered mottling throughout as well as some concentrated spots of pitting. Barrel has no markings of any kind and has an area of surface rust opposite the lock at the breech. Barrel is affixed to the stock by three iron barrel bands held by springs. The front band is double and mounts the front sight. Smooth bore is dark and dirty.

The iron lockplate is dark throughout and is marked between the hammer and the frizzen “H. OSBORNE” over “SPRINGFIELD.” The front of the lock is beveled while the reverse is pointed and almost flush with the wood of the stock. The reconversion consists of a screw attached brass pan without a fence, curled toe frizzen and a short hammer with cutout center that still holds a flint wrapped in tin. Action works properly.

Full wood stock is dark. Aside from the usual dings and dents from age, use and storage there is a 2.00 inch long crack that starts just above the lock near the hammer and moves back toward the rear before coming around to the lock again. Crack is a closed one and has been repaired long ago with two small iron brads.

Triggerguard has integral sling swivel of an iron “O” ring. It looks old and matches the rest of the iron in color and wear. Middle band supports the normal type sling swivel. Iron ramrod is button type head. Threads on opposite end are gone.

With the musket is an iron socket bayonet with a strongly stamped “US” over “JB” on the flat. Socket is stamped with a number “79.” Bayonet fits well but is a bit loose. The iron matches the musket well.  [AD]

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