A Wonderful American Revolutionary War Period Dutch Military Infantry Flintlock Musket
American Revolutionary War Period Dutch Military Infantry Flintlock Musket, circa. 1770's. 39.5", .76 caliber round steel smooth-bore barrel made with a bayonet lug on the top of the muzzle and held to stock by (3) brass barrel bands. All brass regulation pattern furniture includes an oval shaped wrist escutcheon with remnants of possible regimental markings. The musket is in its original flintlock configuration. All steel surfaces exhibit salt and pepper rust pitting under a dark age patina. The rounded lock replaced the earlier flat faced designs starting around 1771 and is stamped with the "KULENBURG" (Amsterdam's Culemborg manufactory) mark just ahead of the cock. The stock has some period initials carved on the right side of the comb with the number "36" next to a stamp of what appears to be "R I" with decorative high relief carving around the lock and barrel tang. Overall, the stock is solid with areas of minor chipping, scratches, and dings from years of service. 55.25" overall length. A wonderful example of one of the Dutch flintlock muskets supplied and imported from Holland as support for the American Colonial Forces fighting the British.
Ref. p. 113. BATTLE WEAPONS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION by, George C. Neuman., c. 1998.