This fancy "Chief's Grade" trade gun was made in the 1980's by build "R.L. Miller". It features all the typical ear marks of the famous "Northwest Trade Gun", like the 20 gauge barrel and nailed-on butt plate, but with some upgraded options like an English-style trigger guard, curly maple stock, and relief carving around the tang and lock moldings. Fancier trade guns have been nicknamed "Chief's Grade" guns by modern day collectors, as there is some evidence that these guns were sometimes traded with members of tribes that were of higher political standing.
This particular musket is in great shape. The curly maple stock is nicely shaped and the carving is well executed. There are no cracks or splits anywhere.
The lock and barrel were both antiqued and match each other well. The cock holds solid on both full and half cock, and the frizzen sends a good shower of sparks into the pan with every pull of the trigger.
The bore is in good shape with some light surface rust toward the muzzle, that may scrub out after a vigorous cleaning with a brass brush.
The furniture is all American-made and is nicely inletted into the stock with no gaps or chips.
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