William III Flintlock Musket

.80 caliber, 46.5" barrel, no S/N. A very rare William III (1689 - 1702) flintlock military musket. An early banana-shaped lock, beautifully engraved with {crown} over script "WR" (for William Rex). Long 46" barrel of Spanish form with early British Ordinance Board stamps at breech. Blackened walnut full stock, original rudimentary iron triggerguard, nail-fastened brass buttplate with brass ramrod pipes (possibly replaced). The lock in extremely crisp condition throughout with all original small parts.


The barrel with deep aged brown patina and minor pitting throughout its length. The blackened walnut full stock with military stamp on right side. For-end appears to have had some work done, mostly on right side forward of lock. Butt plate possibly replaced. With defects as noted, this is still an extremely rare British military musket, and probably the only one of its type to be sold in the United States for the past 50 years.

Estimate: $6,000 - $12,000
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