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Musket presented to Thomas Jefferson in 1805
Musket presented to Thomas Jefferson in 1805

President Jefferson received this musket, inlaid with coral and silver, from the Bey of Tunis's ambassador at the end of the Tripolitan War. It was exhibited at the Patent Office along with other presidential artifacts until 1883, when the U.S. government's historical collections were transferred to the Smithsonian.

See also: Firearms, Presidential Memorabilia

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