Author Topic: Charleville Pattern Kerlin Musket  (Read 456 times)

Offline AFMarksman

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Charleville Pattern Kerlin Musket
« on: January 31, 2019, 07:07:59 AM »
I'm a decedent of John Kerlin who was a musket builder/blacksmith in the 1770's - Early 1800's.  He build his first contract musket for the Pennsylvania Committee of Safety in 1776.  He and his son Samuel continued to build Pennsylvania Contract muskets and musket barrels until the armories were established at the turn of the 19th century.

I'm searching for one of his early muskets.  I'm looking for recommendations where I may find one?  Thanks for your assistance!

David Johnson
Fort Worth, Texas
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US Air Force (Retired)
1989 - 2010
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David
Fort Worth, Texas

US Air Force (Retired)
1989 - 2010
Distinguished Rifleman - Presidents 100 - NRA Life Member - Texas State Rifle Association Life Member

Offline DaveM

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Re: Charleville Pattern Kerlin Musket
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2019, 02:23:12 AM »
David - your best approach may be to get familiar with some of the more popular collector firearm auctions and search those.  and a google search for specifics of what you are looking for can locate one in an auction also.  There are not many around, so it may take some patience.  If my memory serves, they may be marked “IK”. Not sure I ever saw one of them from before the 1808 contracts though you are correct they manufactured them back to the rev war.  I believe they worked in montgomery county pa or eastern berks county near douglassville.  Watch out for muskets that have been restocked or may have a replacement lock, if you are looking for a mostly original piece. Best of luck!