Objects

Musket Marked "U.STATES"

During the Revolutionary War, American gunsmiths struggled to meet the enormous demand for military firearms to equip the Continental Army, as well as state and militia forces. As a result, they often used foreign and American-made parts in their work. This musket is a typical composite piece of wartime production, incorporating British and American components. The butt of this weapon is boldly marked “U.STATES” to designate public ownership and deter theft of government property. Surviving canteens, cartridge boxes, and other equipment used by the Continental Army bear similar marks.

Musket
United States of America
1777-1783
Iron, Steel, Wood, Brass
Museum of the American Revolution
2003.00.0221