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Here is Ron Gabel's answer to question number 5562

Question:

I have what I beleive is a M1808 musket with the only visible markings being the last part of the word milbury and the date 1814 on the side near the hammer. This is not a flint lock style, but I guess a percussion style. I inherited it from my grandfather and am interested in identifying it.

Answer:

Elijah and Asa Waters and Nathaniel Whitmore of Sutton Mass. had a contract for 5000 1808 Springfield pattern muskets. Some were marked with an eagle over US in an oval over MILLBURY ahead of the hammer. Another variation was marked MILLBURY over date ahead of the hammer. Converted to percussion the gun retails at $500 in good condition.

Submitted By: Mark Tesson On: 1/12/2004 5:27:15 PM

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