I thought I'd try posting some better photos of the musket that I recently bought. I also had a few questions about a couple of markings and about maintenance/care. I want to leave this as is, but some advice for any cleaning I should do would be welcome.
Should I wipe the stock with a damp cloth or Murphy's oil soap or not wipe it at all?
Anything to iron/steel?
I will be ordering Renaissance Wax. But do I need to prep before I use it or just put a light coating on? As I understand the whole musket (wood, iron/steel) would be covered with a little of the wax.
I also included a pic of inside the bore and the surprise that I was able to pull out (a slotted brass jag with a large Piece of cotton that was stuck at the bottom). I don't know how long that was in there or when the last time this musket was fired.
I don't plan on shooting this but should I do anything with the bore (clean, oil, etc.)? There is decent rifling present.
Although I've read what some of you do with antique collectables, I still get a little confused. Maybe some muskets would need more or less? I like the well used look of it.
I really appreciate all the recent kind advice that I've got from this forum! Many photos and a few more questions to follow.