WAR of 1812 Antique U.S. R&C LEONARD Contract Model 1808 FLINTLOCK Musket
WAR OF 1812 Era; 1 of only 5,000 Made
Here we present an antique R&C Leonard Contract Model 1808 Flintlock Musket, manufactured circa 1809 in Canton, Massachusetts. R&C Leonard was one of 19 gunmakers contracted by the U.S. government to manufacture the Model 1808 Musket. Leonard manufactured approximately 5,000 Harpers Ferry Pattern Model 1808 Contract Muskets.
The War of 1812 was a conflict lasting about three years that was fought between the United States and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. The conflict began when the United States declared war in June of 1812 and ended in a restoration of the pre-war status quo when a peace treaty agreed to earlier was ratified by the United States in February 1815. Its eventual consequences included the establishment of a separate Canadian state and an end of hopes for an independent American Indian confederation in the North West opening the way for the western expansion of the US.
The lock is marked “U.S./R&C LEONARD” below the eagle and “CANTON, MA/1809” located in front of the hammer. The lower sling swivel is mounted on a stud ahead of the trigger guard. Mounted with a full one-piece black walnut stock with the distinctive Harpers Ferry high comb and iron butt plate. Here is a great early American flintlock musket!
The overall condition is good. Strong action (reconverted from percussion). Dim, smooth bore, remains in good shape. Solid stock with and expected amount of wear, with a chip missing to the left of the barrel tang. “RxC” is hand carved into the left buttstock. “1809” dated lock. “V/CW” as a view marking by inspector Charles Williams.
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Barrel is 44-5/8 inches.
Caliber: .69 Flintlock
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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