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Offline eleejr

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American Restock of a Dutch Flintlock?
« on: June 08, 2023, 05:43:37 PM »
I would value your collective thoughts on this recent acquisition - overall length is 55" and barrel interior is about .70 at the muzzle. Brass fittings except for the iron trigger guard.  The barrel appears to be rifled and has a slot for a missing rear sight along with "No. 140" engraved behind the sight slot.  The stock is rather crude relative to arsenal-produced arms of the period and I'm not sure what the wood is - but it lacks a sideplate.

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Offline Mike Brooks

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Re: American Restock of a Dutch Flintlock?
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2023, 08:38:43 PM »
All of you fellows who only want to see Kentucky rifles better avoid that link..... ;)
 It sure looks like a crude restock to me, and painted brown too! Who knows when it was done.
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Offline JV Puleo

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Re: American Restock of a Dutch Flintlock?
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2023, 05:47:41 AM »
I've hardly ever seen a less informative set of photos. I agree with Mike though, crude restock. Whether it was done here is anyone's guess. For my part, I don't find crude very interesting no matter where it was done.

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Re: American Restock of a Dutch Flintlock?
« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2023, 01:28:49 PM »
I like seeing guns from just about anywhere. Crude is right.
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Re: American Restock of a Dutch Flintlock?
« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2023, 02:05:22 PM »
Well I think it's pretty neat.  It almost looks like a rusty red paint color that has darkened to me, over dark wood, not a brown paint or coating.
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Offline eleejr

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Re: American Restock of a Dutch Flintlock?
« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2023, 03:31:08 PM »
Thanks, Gents.  Even I knew that it was crude but I wasn't aware that crude workmanship made it unworthy of consideration. Sorry, too, for the less-than-informative photos...some guidance as to how they might have been improved would have been helpful for future submissions.  I guess it will remain a crude mystery.

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Re: American Restock of a Dutch Flintlock?
« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2023, 03:55:05 PM »
My comment was, perhaps, a little harsh and I apologize for that. I was speaking strictly from my own point of view and, truth to tell, I have a couple of equally crude guns, saved because they incorporated parts that I found interesting. Like everything else, these are part of the historical picture and have a story to tell.

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Re: American Restock of a Dutch Flintlock?
« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2023, 04:44:38 PM »
No worries.  My personal sense is that it's a very old restocking, done by someone who had the skill to do better work but for whatever reason, slapped it out in a hurry.  That may be all there is to know about it at this point.