A VERY GOOD REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD AMERICAN-ASSEMBLED/”COS” MUSKET, ca. 1775: Complete throughout. American-made?, unmarked, 42 1/2″, smoothbore, .75 cal, round, iron barrel with a top-mounted bayonet lug. American Walnut fullstock of typical provincial “Brown Bess” inspired design with a pronounced comb and simple molding around the lock and sideplate. Rare, recycled English Pattern 1742 lock with traces of its markings and its original components: the frizzen spring an American working life replacement? American sheet brass hardware. Three barrel-form ramrod pipes, a simple finial trigger-guard, a French-style “S” shaped sideplate, a pin-fastened nose-cap and the screw-fastened butt-plate. The furniture with a dark untouched age patina, some light verdigris and patches of darkness. In overall very good untouched original flintlock condition. The barrel with chocolate brown surfaces and moderate scattered pitting. The lock with matching patina and is non-functional order, as the hammer has slipped off the tumbler. Untouched hardware with matching, smooth, mustard-toned surfaces. The stock with scattered handling marks, some minor abrasions, chips, expected signs of use/wear and 65%+ finish. In original flintlock configuration with a fine touch-hole. Retains what is possibly the original wooden ramrod with iron jag. Overall length, 57 1/2″. A very nice example of an American made Revolutionary War “COS” Musket, ca. 1775. For similar examples, please see G. C. Neumann’s: “Battle Weapons of the American Revolution”.
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