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A VERY RARE & EARLY FRENCH & INDIAN (CAPTURED?)/AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR FRENCH MODEL 1717 MUSKET, ca. 1720s: In overall very good, dark & “attic” untouched, original flintlock condition. Regulation French Model 1717, octagonal-to-round, pin-fastened, .72 caliber, 47", iron, smoothbore barrel with its top mounted bayonet-lug/sight and clearly marked with several French (St. Etienne) Arsenal inspector’s markings, on the left side of the breech. Of Model 1717 configuration as made with an integral sighting-rib, along its top “barrel-flat”. Molded & carved, Regulation French Model 1717 Walnut fullstock with a pronounced comb with a Roman-Nose buttstock of early French Model form. The stock with very good and untouched and deeply oxidized, smooth, wooden surfaces with signs of prolonged use, handling and age: the end of the buttstock with a working-period wooden extension. Retains 75% finish with scattered handling marks and several tight hairlines/age-cracks. St. Etienne Arsenal marked, flat and beveled, Model 1717/1728 flintlock mechanism with its matching Gooseneck hammer, faceted bridled powder-pan (of Mdl. 1728 design), a curled tail frizzen with an early form pointed-teardrop finial frizzen-spring: mainspring broken. The face of the lock with a trace of its Crown/"S. E." (St. Etienne) French Arsenal marking. Dark & untouched, smooth, steel surfaces with deeply toned patination. Untouched, full iron mounts of Regulation type Model 1717 design. The buttplate with a long pin-fastened tang (damaged & working-period repaired). Early French trigger-guard without a sling-swivel provision and made with two long teardrop finials. A flat, S-Shaped sideplate with both of its sidebolts; and complete with its original wooden ramrod with a working-period wooden tip. In overall very good, “attic” untouched, original flintlock condition. Deeply toned, dark, iron surfaces to the mounts, lock and barrel. The stock with smooth, lightly oxidized, untouched wooden surfaces, 75%+ finish, general signs of handling, age and military use. An Extremely Rare & seldom seen example of a French Model 1717 Musket, ca. 1720s. Overall length 62". For similar examples and additional information, please see G. C. Neumann's": "Battle Weapons of the American Revolution", Bill Ahearn’s: “Muskets of the Revolution” & G. Moller’s: “American Military Firearms” vol. 1”. Recently discovered in rural Canada and very likely to be one of the French guns surrendered to the English & their Colonial (American) allies, at the end of the French & Indian War. An extremely rare surviving example of a French Model 1717 Musket: the World’s First Stanardized Military Firearm.