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Old 03-11-2013, 7:46 PM
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Default Need to identify 2 matchlock muskets

I have just found these two matchlock muskets I believe to be Indian Made Toradar or Fortress Matchlock Muskets. Sorry the picture in bad. Waiting for help to lift and move around. One is 9 feet long the other is 7 feet 8.5 inches. Anyone have a clue? I can not find any online even close to this size. They are laying on a California King bed to give you an idea of how BIG they are. I just because they are very cool have offered $1000.00 to the guy who owns them to but them. Good or bad deal. They are rough but appear to be complete with the ram rods.

Thank you. William
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:25 PM
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Wow, pretty cool!
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Old 03-12-2013, 8:55 AM
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those are both very cool I don't know anything about matchlocks or their value,but I love the look of them.

I have a children's book called
" the matchlock gun "
written in 1949, about a very young boy who saves his family by killing Men in order to stop a home invasion/farm raid. he is so small he can't even pick up the rifle. the gun is described as longer than a grown man. it takes place in New York when it was still a British colony and the French we're leading Indians out of Canada against the settlers near Albany.
it's a good read with both color and black and white illustrations ,maybe not too politically correct by today's standards.
though I think it's rare and unique.
unfortunately I must sell this if anyone's interested please send me a pm.

if I were you I have a museum curator or appraiser take a look because you might have found something very valuable. I can't imagine too many of those early rifles made it to today and in good condition.
nice find.
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Old 03-12-2013, 9:23 AM
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Interesting find! No idea what they're worth on this side of the pond, but in Britain they're being offered for 250.00- 375.00 (GBP - ) = about $372 - $558 USD.

The Muzzleloading forum has a Pre-Flintlock area, so you might ask about them. It's a pretty cool specialized forum, with folks making reproduction wheelocks, etc.
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