1746 'American Captured' French Charleville
1746 'American Captured' French Charleville
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I've had this wonderful Musket & Powder Horn leaning against my fireplace mantel since 1997.  It will come with a 1997 dated signed affidavit stating that musket and horn belonged to one of the Green Mountain Boys. The man that I purchased it from stated in the affidavit that he was now 70 years old and selling his vast collection of Rev.War guns. He further stated that out of all his Rev.War guns this was the one he held onto until the last as it was his favorite. The affidavit goes on to state that he originally purchased it in the 1950's from a Doctor in Foxboro, Mass  where the musket and horn had hung over the fireplace for many years. The doctor stated that he had originally purchased it in a antique shop in Vermont many years before. This is where he was told the lineage to The Green Mtn. Boys.  Now that I'm approaching that magic age It's time to pass it on for the next person to enjoy. I'm referring to this musket as a  mdl. 1746 French Charleville only because that's what the 46 1/2 "barrel is from as is all the iron furniture .The stock appears to be from a mdl.1728 and has a shaved butt stock comb to vascilate aiming. This is a feature you will only see on American used muskets.   I'm really not sure of the origins of the early banana shaped lock but like the rest of the musket it's been together since it's period of use. This is all exactly correct for the period as we didn't have any Armory's as of yet and had to depend on what are local arsenals could put together from salvaged and captured arms in the early part of the War we only had a few local contracted Commitee of Safety muskets and captured French muskets from the French & Indian War  1755-1763. This wonderful untouched musket exhibits a crusty matching patina that testify's to it's being together for 250 years. It has been splintered and repaired many times in it's period of use. The left side of the forestock has lost a good part of it's wood.  The musket itself is the black with a heavy patina which I find really attractive. The musket, powder horn and affidavit will all be shipped together.


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