This wonderful musket is branded United States on the butt stock .As per Gen. George Washington's 1777 orders these muskets with the "United States" branded in the stock were done in the field and are the earliest markings. The 44 1/2 " barrel has the bayonet lug on the bottom which is filed down is stamped U S on the top. It's also stamped 73 which is the year of it's manufacture. The lock is from the Maubauge arsenal and is so marked. The musket has been professionally reconverted to it's original flint configuration.. The comb of the butt stock has been shaved in typical American fashion in order to facilitate aiming of the musket. There's a period wood repair between the lock and barrel tang using hand made squire head nails. The rear barrel band is gone and has been missing since it's period of use . The front barrel band was removed and the barrel is now pinned to the barrel and a ramrod pipe was added. All of the above period repairs add to the charm of this great looking Rev.War musket that was carried by a Continental soldier at the birth of our Nation.