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Model1816 U.S. L. Pomeroy 69 Caliber Musket, Very Fine Condition, Very Rare
This is a rare and very desirable L. Pomeroy 69 cal flintlock musket that was later converted to a percussion cap musket which was much more reliable. The L. Pomeroy musket was famously known for its use in the Second Seminole War, 1835-1842. It was also known to be used by Texans during the Mexican-American War. And, it was used in the American Civil War, mostly by Cobnfederates due to the fact that most Pomeroys were in Southern arsenals at the beginning of that war.
This is in the finest condition of any musket that I have seen for sale in many years. It is all original and complete, including the ramrod. All of the original cartouches and inspector marks are present and clearly legible on both the wood and the barrel. The 42-inch, 69-caliber barrel is the correct length with the original bayonet lug present. The date on the barrel is 1836. Fortunately, no one has polished the barrel white like is so often seen. It is a beautiful plum color. I would rate the bore an easy 8.5 - 9. The nipple is clear. It is mechanically perfect. The wood has only minor handling marks and the wood to metal fit is great. Just like today, there were soldiers of yesteryear who kept their weapons in outstanding condition and the soldier who carried this musket was one such individual.
Years ago, the large houses would occassionally sell a private collection of high-quality muskets at astronomical prices. This musket would rate right up there with some of those muskets. It is rare to find a musket of this quality where neither the metal or the wood has been carved on or abused. I hand-picked this musket from a very large musket collection and have never offered it for sale until now.