This Wednesday, the APG Board of Directors approved funding the purchase of a rare ca 1730 Type II Dutch musket for the Sons of the American Revolution Museum being built in Louisville, KY.
According to Zac Distel Curator and Exhibits Director for the SAR obtaining this musket was a high priority for them. As a matter of fact, it was their number one priority. These muskets were originally supplied by Great Britain for Provincial Troops in the American Colonies during the period of the French and Indian War. It is believed that many also saw service in the South during the American Revolution, being taken from stocks in armories and from former Provincial units.
From the dealer;
A FINE & EARLY COLONIAL/AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD (SOLDIER INSCRIBED) DUTCH (TYPE II) FLINTLOCK MUSKET, ca. 1730: Of classic early 18th century Dutch form and of the type of Musket often used by the American Colonists, during the American Revolution In overall fine original flintlock condition. Round, 46″, iron, pin-fastened, smoothbore, .78 caliber barrel with its bottom mounted bayonet-lug and smooth, lightly toned, steel-gray surfaces with a fine touch hole & bore. The breech-top with an engraved “C-1001” Unit/Rack? marking. Molded and carved, early style, Dutch-type, hardwood (walnut/beechnut) fullstock with fine quality relief carved Teardrop accents, around the lock and sideplate mortises: the barrel-tang apron, carved, en suite. (please see: “American Rifleman”, “Dutch Arms in the American Revolution”, by George C. Neumann). Early Dutch-type, full brass mounts. The trigger-guard with its original rear sling-swivel and pointed teardrop finials. Dutch type sideplate with a tail and both of its iron sidebolts. The screw-fastened buttplate with a long pointed flame-type finial, of classic early Dutch Musket form. Four barrel-type ramrod-pipes and complete its original button-head iron ramrod and both of its sling-swivels. Fine flintlock mechanism of early 18th Century Dutch form with a beveled-edge lock, a faceted bridle-less powder-pan, generally smooth steel surfaces, its original gooseneck hammer, square-back frizzen and pointed finial frizzen-spring. In mechanically functional order with fine timing and a strong mainspring. In overall fine condition with sharp contours, clear markings and choice steel-gray surfaces with a smooth age patina. The lock with sharp contours and a matching, smooth, steel-gray age-patina with scattered salt & pepper. The stock with 85%+ finish, some scattered handling marks, tight hairlines, age-stains and sharp contours. The left side of the buttstock with minor (Battle Related?) scorch-marks, at the top of the buttplate. Also, carved with an (American) Soldier-Inscribed “I.N.” initials, in 18th Century style cursive script. A fine Early Colonial/American Revolutionary War Dutch (Type II) Infantry Musket, ca. 1730. For a very similar example, please see G. C. Neumann’s: “Battle Weapons of the American Revolution”, pg. 110. Overall length, 61 1/2″.
We are very pleased to be able to support the SAR Museum and help them interpret the American Revolution in their new museum.
Attached are photos of the musket and a drawing by Gary Dombrowski of a North Carolina Provincial armed with a Dutch musket.
If you’d like to help us fund this purchase, you can contribute by sending a check to the APG, 1743 Millbridge Rd Salem, VA 24153 or via PayPal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for your support.