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US contract Eli Whitney "N.Haven" percussion musket - $675.00

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Eli Whitney US contract "N.HAVEN" marked percussion conversion musket. Original length with 42" round barrel. "JN" script cartouche opposite lock for J. Newbury, who inspected most of the contract. Interesting old fixed rear sight on barrel. Marked "M" on bayonet lug. Metal parts have medium to dark patina overall with some typical pitting in the nipple area. Stock shows light to average wear and use overall with strong cartouche, has nicely defined edges to the lock/sideplate area, has scattered handling marks overall with small chip and associated crack at rear of lock and a break between the middle and upper bands with associated long piece absent from the left edge. Mechanically good, sold as a collector item only, not warranted safe to shoot.