RARE & “AS FOUND” REPUBLIC OF TEXAS TRYON CONTRACT FLINTLOCK MUSKET
57.5” overall, 42” barrel
Only a few original complete unadulterated Tryon Texas contract muskets exist. They are prized by the few institutions who own them. 1500 muskets were contracted in 1839, only 860 were delivered and paid in 1840. George Flegal civilian inspector who had earlier inspected arms for the Springfield armory stated these were of equal quality of US arms.
This example has clear “GF” George Flegal inspection on barrel though stock marking is very worn. These rare muskets are mentioned in several early texts on Texas arms with a mystique as rarity and history is so sparce. For this reason, this particular arm has been highly counterfeited over the years and it is nice to see a really nice untouched example here. The lockplate is corrected stamped ‘TRYON’ and ‘PHILADa’ in two vertical lines behind the cock. Forward of the cock is a large five-pointed star with an asterisk in the middle, over “TEXAS” in block letters. The barrel’s breech is inspected “P” over “GF”.
UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: signed letter from Nacogdoches, Texas consignor stating that it has remained in Texas for over 175 years. Copies of some news concerning other survivors.