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M1808 John J. Henry, Philadelphia flintlock contract musket - $1950.00

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M1808 John J. Henry, Philadelphia flintlock contract musket. Lock has excellent markings "J.HENRY/PHILA" at rear of lock plate and an eagle over US in front of the hammer. Barrel has an oval eagle proof and stock has "V" over inspector initials stamped opposite the lock. Long 45" barrel. Metal parts have slightly granular light gray surfaces overall with some expected pitting in the barrel breech area. Stock appears to have been lightly cleaned, shows a couple old slivers missing in the forearm edge, small chips in the ramrod channel, and some minor age hairlines in the butt. Left side of butt is neatly carved with an "HL" monogram and the stock presents attractively with scattered handling marks. Mechanically good, sold as a collector item only, not warranted safe to shoot.