This is a very historic musket and seldom seen for sale these days. It ‘s a early Rev. War musket assembled from leftover and captured parts of French & Indian War arms. The 44 1/2″ barrel has the very early PP stamped on the top flat of the breech which signifies Property of Pennsylvania . It also has a N stamped on the left breech area which I believe is John Nickolson’s inspector proof mark. At one time it had a middle band which is now missing. The lock is a French mdl. 1774 Pattern. The trigger guard is French style but wider without a swivel lug possibly American. The iron nose cap is from a mdl. 1752 Spanish musket . On pages 121-124 in George Mollar’s definitive work “American Military Shoulder Arms ” he address’ these PP stamped muskets. He states that on June 30,1775 the Pennsylvania Provincial Assembly approved the establishment of a voluntary militia and on the same date called for 4500 muskets from 11 Pa. Counties to be procured. On Oct.27, 1775 the Committee of Safety ordered that the Philadelphia Commissary was “to prove all muskets made in this city for the Provincial Service ,and to stamp such of them as are proofed with the letter P’. On Mar.2, 1776 ,the proof load was specified as equal weights of powder and ball, and the muskets that passed the proof were to be “stamp’d with the letters P.P ” When I acquired the musket it was missing it’s ramrod but I found one that looks pretty good. It appears to be American stocked along the lines of a French musket. The wrist has a period repair from being used as a club. The Pennsylvania militia units saw much action with Washington’s Continental Army especially in early 1777 when Washington was down to less then 2500 men. This musket is new to the market and just surfaced in a old house in Barrington, R.I .