There is no more iconic artifact of the The American Revolutionary than the Brown Bess Musket. Used by the British Army, Loyalists and also by Continental Soldiers and Militia when they could be procured or captured, they were the most popular arm of the time and this one is an outstanding specimen that shows unquestionable evidence of use by Continental Forces. I say this due to the fact that the entire gun is in wonderful condition and all markings are sharp and crisp save one, the Crown stamped in the face of the lock-plate. It has been removed during its period of use. It is evident that it was there at one time, but it is well-known that these markings were removed to be rid of any association with the despised King George and the British Crown, yet both the makers mark, "EDGE" and the date, "1761"are bold and clear. Additionally, the initials, "J. H." are engraved on its brass thumb-piece. A British soldier would have been severely lashed for defacing the property of the crown is such a fashion. These initials are obviously those of the Continental or Militia soldier that carried this historic piece during the Revolutionary War.This gun was definitely used by by the American side for some period and the user inscribed his initials to the thumb-piece. The gun is in beautiful, untouched brown patina with nearly perfect wood, just a few slight slivers that have developed along the edge of the barrel that should be addressed. Action, edges and markings are all near perfect with the exception of the previously mentioned Crown removal. These guns are extremely difficult to find in any condition, let alone one so fine as this. A wonderful chance to own a gun used in the American Revolutionary War by American forces.