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Offline gman

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Help in Musket identification
« on: October 12, 2017, 01:21:30 AM »
This musket just passed to me and I know nothing about it. It has been in Guilford County, NC for at least the past 110 years but I am not sure it was made in the vicinity. It is 52" long and weighs 4 lbs. It has a small scallop shell brass patch box and the stock is deeply carved. What engravings and stamps it may have have are illegible except for a "2" on the barrel and the initial "LT" on the backside of the patch box cover. The barrel shape changes from octagonal to round after 10 1/4". The end of the barrel opening is 11/16". I would greatly appreciate any help in identifying it.
















Offline rich pierce

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Re: Help in Musket identification
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2017, 03:59:46 AM »
Appears German to me.
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Offline Mike Brooks

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Re: Help in Musket identification
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2017, 12:48:12 PM »
I'd bet money it's Belgian.
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Re: Help in Musket identification
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2017, 12:55:11 PM »
These were imported from over the pond by the hundreds.  I have a friend that lives down the road that likes these as he probably owns 5 or 6.  I imagine they were sold out of the old hardware stores back in the 1880's

Offline Brent English

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Re: Help in Musket identification
« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2017, 04:30:10 AM »
Agree with Mike it's Belgian.  German carving was normally better executed.  Just your basic little hardware store shotgun, dolled up a bit with a cap box and carved. Great little wall hanger and conversation piece.
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