Origin of this one?
Thanks for all the replies.
Here are some answers. The musket looked old when my grandfather first showed it to me 65 years ago. I don't know if it was ever fired, but the mechanism all worked back then -- it could be cocked and released.
While I thought it might be from the family (we did have ancestors who fought in the Revolution), it also could be from somewhere else. My grandparents took a number of trips to Europe and Asia.
The inlays are real -- I can see some areas where the wood was cut out to imbed the inlay. I don't know what the stone is, but it fits smoothly in the wood.
Sometime before I got it some repair work was done -- some of the wood below the mechanism was replaced, and some of the large screws look like out of place.
It stands about 57 3/4 inches tall, and the barrel is about 1/2 " wide -- smaller than most muskets of the 1770s, I understand.
No place for a bayonet -- and those were used during the Revolutionary war, I understand, so that makes me wonder.
Any other questions?
Last edited by wreace; July 27, 2014 at 11:17 AM.