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mparssfo@gmail.com
03-29-2012, 12:24 PM
Here is a special piece. What do you think? Where did it come from? Who is J. Henry? Why are there notches in the wood? Who made this? What is it worth?

mparssfo@gmail.com
03-29-2012, 12:37 PM
Take no notice of the state of the art baby transportation units in the background.

RugerFanRyan
03-29-2012, 12:42 PM
Awesome rifle :thumbup:

Also nice Urban Assault Vehicles :D

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SoCal Bob
03-29-2012, 2:31 PM
I believe this to be related: http://asoac.org/bulletins/97_flanagan_1792.pdf

0321jarhead
03-29-2012, 2:58 PM
William and John J. Henry of Northampton County and Philadelphia, PA. It was a contract for 10,000 with approximately 4,500 delivered. Now search for some more info and report back to confirm correct you found what you are looking for. Fladerman has the info.

mparssfo@gmail.com
03-29-2012, 4:07 PM
Wow, so it looks like mine is one of maybe four or five to exist. Impressive. Thank you very much.

Musashi
03-29-2012, 4:39 PM
thats a beautiful looking rifle

The Custard Pirate
03-29-2012, 5:05 PM
It isn't a rifle, its a musket, built by a private contractor for the US government. Value $1000 to $1500. Go to this website and ask these folks for more and better info.

http://www.muzzleloadingforum.com/fusionbb/fusionbb.php

TheExpertish
03-29-2012, 5:33 PM
Nice.

njineermike
03-29-2012, 5:45 PM
Who polished it? I thought part of the value of those was the patina on the hardware.

0321jarhead
03-29-2012, 6:44 PM
It is in Flayderman's guide, 8th edition, page 446, #9. I could be wrong but, the discription matches. No pics.

mparssfo@gmail.com
03-29-2012, 7:39 PM
I think my grandfather may have had it polished. Back in "the day" a weapon was not valued based upon the standards of today. Rather, it was more important for it to look as much like new issue as possible. I therefore have many fine weapons that are highly devalued by being either reblued or polished. There is still piting and a patina, but nowhere near the original. This does not matter to me so much, as it is a fine looking and rare weapon. I hope my son will take good care of it when he gets it from me.

Geologyjohn
03-29-2012, 7:40 PM
Modern collectors refer to these muskets as Model 1808, but that is purely a modern name for them. Flayderman says that approximately 4,500 are believed to have been delivered by this company though the contract with the Henry brothers was for 10,000. Based on what I have read, and your photos, I'd est. that it is worth around $1,500 at most. However, I think that advanced collectors may shy away from it as it appears someone scrubbed the 200 years worth of patina off it, which collectors hate to see. However, it is a very cool piece of American history! It seems that the US Gov felt that we were about to go to war with England (remember the War of 1812?) and that we were way short of needed infantry weapons, so they contractor with many (19) different gun makers to quickly manufacture these muskets. This is one of those weapons. Nice wall hanger! Geologyjohn