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Whitney M1798 "U STATES" percussion musket - $1350.00

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Whitney M1798 "U STATES" percussion conversion contract musket. Very beautiful eagle marking on lock, which is very well struck. Faint cartouche opposite lock. 43" barrel. Metal parts were cleaned at some point, showing some scattered pitting that is more concentrated in the barrel breech area. Stock may have been lightly cleaned, shows wear and handling marks overall, with some chipping in the ramrod channel, several grain cracks opposite the lock and a small crack at rear of lock mortise. Initials "JW" at left side of forearm near upper barrel band and "LEG" in front of trigger guard. Left side of butt is scooped out, allegedly either for left-eyed shooters or shooters wearing large winter coats. Mechanically good, sold as a collector item only, not warranted safe to shoot.