I've owned this since 2004, and acquired it from a Tenn collector friend. I could have bought a more common Enfield or Springfield musket, but I wanted a musket that could have seen some service in wars prior to 1861. Having been made in 1834 originally in flint, this old smooth bore musket could have seen service in the 2nd Seminole war, ( and who knows, maybe it saw some service in the Alamo or Sam Houston's San Jacinto battle? ) the Mexican War, 3rd Seminole War, and the Civil War. Being 180 year's old it's still in nice shape, has the original ram rod, VP proofs on the rear barrel area. Has a nice smooth plum brown finish over all the metal parts. L Pomeroy is not a common conversion maker to come across. Along the way I acquired a bayonet for it, and took a risk, as these are friction fit so it might not have fit, but it does fit most of the way, I'm sure there is some crap in the socket that needs cleaning, but I leave it as is. Bayonet has no inspector markings on it other than US.