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Matchlock Musket
National Museum of American History, Behring Center

Matchlock Musket

Date: about 1650
Catalog #: 43435    Accession #: 164794
Credit: Division of Military History and Diplomacy, National Museum of American History

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 10" H x 63.5" W x 3.25" D

Physical Description

Early colonial matchlock musket, .75 caliber. This musket was made in Massachusetts during the first half of the 17th century. The stock has “Newtowne” burned into both sides.

Specific History

This musket was most likely one of the muskets used to arm the militia. The stock is branded “Newtowne” for its place of origin, Newtowne, Massachusetts, which was established as an outpost of Boston in 1631.

General History

In September, 1634 the court ordered that all muskets, bandeleros and rests shall be equally divided between the plantations and towns to have arms in readiness for an attack at all times.


Country: United States
State: Massachusetts
Service: Militia
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