|State of Maryland contract M1808 Bartlett flintlock musket - $3500.00|
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State of Maryland contract M1808 Bartlett flintlock musket. 43-3/4" barrel. Wonderful markings on lock and barrel, including US over eagle over BARTLETT in front of hammer and 1813 behind hammer. Barrel proofed with M for Maryland, eagle-CT contract proof, and V viewing proof. According to George Moller's "American Military Shoulder Arms" Volume II, John Joseph Henry of Philadelphia was the primary supplier of muskets purchased by the state of Maryland, furnishing 4936 out of 5832 muskets purchased by the state. Henry went into partnership with Daniel Henkels, who was the nephew of his prior partner Abraham Nippes, who had died. A majority of the 4936 muskets were of Henry's manufacture, with 831 muskets from Henkels, 79 by Shannon and 276 by Jenks. Henry's records show 917 muskets received of Asher Bartlett, with most or all assumed to have gone to satisfy the Maryland contract. Muskets were received of four other contractors by Henry as well. External lock marks show double-dot bench marks from original assembly. Metal parts have an attractive brown patina overall with a little pitting in the barrel breech area. Stock shows some evidence of an old cleaning, has an expected light crackly rear lock screw, has a crack in the lock mortise above rear of lock, and some minor chips to the forearm edge and ramrod channel. Mechanically good, sold as a collector item only, not warranted safe to shoot.