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Many privately-owned American firearms from the 1700s were made from a variety of parts. This musket was probably assembled in Massachusetts using local wood for the stock and a French-made lock and barrel. The musket belonged to either Thomas Noyes III (born 1729) or his son, also named Thomas (born 1754), or Essex County, Massachusetts. The initials “TN” are carved on the lock-side of the firearm near the butt plate. Both father and son served in the Massachusetts militia during the Revolutionary War.  

Object Details

  • Musket
    Probably Massachusetts
    1760s
    Iron, Steel, Wood, Brass
    Museum of the American Revolution
    2017.29.02

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Image 111120 Collection 51 Thomas Noyess Cocked Hat
 

Thomas Noyes's Cocked Hat

This cocked hat belonged to either Thomas Noyes III or his son, also named Thomas, who both served in the Massachusetts militia during the Revolutionary War.
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Thomas Noyes's Pocketbook
 

Thomas Noyes's Pocketbook

This decoratively stitched pocketbook Thomas Noyes III or his son, also named Thomas, who both served in the Massachusetts militia during the Revolutionary War.
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Image 091120 Ustates Musket Collection American Musket
 

Musket Marked "U.STATES"

This musket is a typical composite piece of wartime production, incorporating British and American components, and boldly marked “U.STATES” to designate public ownership.
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