ETHAN STILLMAN Contract Model 1795 Pattern FLINTLOCK Musket War of 1812 .69
SCARCE War of 1812 CONTRACT Musket Dated “1812”
Here we present an antique Ethan Stillman Contract Model 1795 Flintlock Musket, manufactured circa 1812 in Burlington, Connecticut. Stillman received a contract from the Federal Government in 1808 for 2,500 muskets. These arms were patterned off the current production 1795 type muskets being made at the Springfield Armory. Most people refer to them as Model 1808 muskets, or more correctly as the 1808 Contract Muskets. The US didn’t produce a “pattern” or “model” musket until the M1812 was produced in 1815. Stillman delivered 75 in 1810, 325 in 1811, 425 in 1812, and 600 in 1814 for a total of 1,425 muskets. Stillman also had a contract with the State of Connecticut during that time and delivered an unknown number of muskets to that state. The Connecticut muskets are typically marked with an extra cartouche on the stock flat opposite the lock.
The Model 1795 was a smooth bore, flintlock musket and the first weapon system to be produced within the United States. It was designed very closely patterning the French “Charleville” Flintlock Musket that was used to by the colonists against the British during the American Revolutionary War. Springfield Armory produced 80,000 of these, with Harpers Ferry responsible for another 70,000. A Production of this musket ran from 1795 through 1818. She found her way into some several important American conflicts of the time, including the War of 1812 between the United States and the British Empire, the Mexican-American War, and even the Civil War. The 1795 would also be taken along by members of the American expedition led by Lewis and Clark from 1803 to 1806. Use of the 1795 was recorded as late as 1865 for the southern Confederate forces who were still fielding her late in the Civil War.
The overall condition is Good. The actions function properly, but the hammer spring is a little weak. The is a crack on the right side of the stock in front of the lock. There is no movement around the crack. The lock reads “1812/E. Stillman” clearly. A very early flintlock for from the War of 1812!
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Barrel is 42 inches.
Caliber: .69 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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