This is an ultra-rare and desirable gun in any condition. Although it has some period alterations, the real collectors out there (especially those from Texas) know exactly how special it is and can hardly complain about the price. In 1839, The Republic of Texas ordered 1500 of these guns from Tryon, Son & Company of Philadelphia for their Military with approx. 760 being delivered, many for use in Texas' ill-fated "Santa Fe Expedition" in 1841. The balance of the order was returned to Tryon for non-payment and later purchased by the U.S. Government in 1846 and issued to Texas Volunteers during the Mexican War. After the close of hostilities with Mexico, these guns were used throughout the Texas Indian Wars against Buffalo Hump and the Comanche, Kiowa and several other Indian tribes, many being captured and used by by the native Americans. Their use wasn't over. Many Texas Regiments used these guns during the Civil War and afterwords, used again in Texas against Native Americans. The familiar statement "If this gun could talk" is a popular verse heard in the gun collecting field. Perhaps no group of guns as a specific model has more history than the Republic of Texas Musket, and they are virtually impossible to find.