WICKHAM Model 1816 FLINTLOCK Musket c. 1822-1837
Original US Flintlock by Famous Contractor
Here we present an antique Wickham Model 1816 Musket manufactured in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by Marine T. Wickham, and was typically used by the militia in the early 1800s. “Probably the most notable armorer to work at Harpers Ferry before 1816 was Wickham. Residing in Philadelphia, Wickham served as an inspector of contract arms and general troubleshooter at the national armory between 1811 and 1816. Wickham possessed great talent as a gunsmith. More important, he exhibited a rare ability to manage men effectively while at the same time retaining their admiration and respect. Wickham decided to enter the world of private business after the War of 1812. Upon resigning his inspectorship in 1816, he took over an existing musket contract with the United States and later that year signed his first regular contract for 4,000 arms at $14 a stand. Then, on July 19, 1822, he signed a contract with the U.S. Ordinance Department for 5,000 Model 1816 muskets at $12 per stand, delivered at the rate of 2,000 per year starting on January 1, 1823. In December of 1823, he undertook an additional contract for 10,000 muskets beginning on July 1, 1824. Not surprisingly two of his largest accounts were the Harpers Ferry and Springfield armories. Both ventures prospered and Wickham continued to garner wealth from them until his death in 1834. His rise from an obscure country workshop to a leading arms manufacturer and businessman was a truly impressive achievement.
The lock is marked “M.T. WICKHAM PHILA”. The stock opposite the lock is marked “GP” and “52”, very likely state militia markings.
The overall condition is very good. The steel parts have a gray patina throughout. The stock shows much use and remains solid. The bore is smooth with a fine layer of dust throughout like it was straight out of the attic. The action is strong. Here is a very nice example of a US Model 1816 Flintlock made by a notable contractor!
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Barrel is 42 ¼ inches.
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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