You seldom see American Indian guns from this early time period. This musket would have arrived here sometime between the end of the American Revolution and the War of 1812. This was a very turbulent time for our infant Republic marked by constant Indian fighting. The British were supplying the Indians with arms mostly through Canada. This Brown Bess is totally untouched and all original. The barrel is proofed both on the barrel and the tang which is lifting a little and could be tightened down. The forestock is worn through into it's ramrod channel from resting acroos the horse's neck. The ramrod is no longer with the musket as the Indians didn't have much use for them and would hit the buttstock on the ground to seat the ball. This musket exhibits at least 3 generations of brass tacks from the early brass squire shanked to the round brass iron shafts . As this musket was used for many years, as per the forestock being worn through, the tack heads would break off and have to be replaced with what was at hand. A rare Indian Bess that saw the Birth of our Nation.