Model 1795 Springfield Ship Musket
.69 caliber, 33" barrel length, markings on lockplate in front of the hammer "US
" over eagle motif and on the rear of the lockplate Springfield
. Buttplate is marked on top 1806
and cartouche is on the right side buttstock in front of buttplate. "V
" marked on top of barrel near upper tang. Marking of "7
" on barrel band and "U
" on bayonet lug. Walnut stock with two sling swivels attached in the buttstock and forearm stock. Lockplate was oil finished. The buttplate, hammer, frizzen, triggerguard, trigger, barrel and barrel bands originally had a bright finish. Has steel button-head ramrod.
This musket was once a full length Model 1795 musket with a permanently attached bayonet. It was cut down by 12 inches at the arsenal, known as the "1813 alterations." After the alterations, some of the muskets were sent for cadet use at West Point and others were sold for use in South America. This is a rare specimen of an historical arm with very few known to survive. This specimen was featured on page 21 of Robert W.D. Ball's book, Springfield Armory Shoulder Weapons 1795-1968. This is a truly exceptional piece for a Springfield collection.
Provenance: Burt Kellerstead to A C. Daum
This musket is in very good condition. The stock is very good with minor scratches, nicks and dings. There is a horseshoe crack from lower tang upward to lockplate. The markings and cartouche are sharp and crisp. The lockplate has a nice and even dark patina. The buttplate, hammer, frizzen, trigger and trigger guard have a nice fine peppered pitting that blends to a even dark patina. The barrel bands have a light pitting that blends into a dark patina. The barrel has a nice untouched dark patina throughout the length of the barrel. The bore is good but can clean to better.
This is a very rare military long arm in very good condition.