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Long Land Brown Bess Musket
Long Land Brown Bess flintlock musket
Ranger Brown Bess Musket
Rogers Rangers Brown Bess flintlock musket
East India Pattern Brown Bess Musket
India Pattern Brown Bess flintlock musket
Ship's Flintlock Carbine
Brown Bess Ships Carbine flintlock musket
Ketland Flintlock Fusil
Ketland fusil flintlock musket
1717 French Flintlock Musket
1717 French flintlock musket
1777 French Flintlock Musket
French 1777 Charleville flintlock musket
1777 French Flintlock Carbine
1777 French dragoon carbine flintlock musket
Flintlock Fusil de Chasse
fusil de chasse flintlock musket
1740 Potzdam Flintlock Musket
1740 Potzdam flintlock musket
1757 Spanish Flintlock Musket
1757 Spanish flintlock musket
New England Flintlock Fowler
Cookson fowler flintlock musket
Early Trade Flintlock Musket
early commercial trade doglock flintlock musket
Baker Flintlock Rifle
Baker flintlock rifle musket
1816 Springfield Flintlock Musket
1816 Springfield flintlock musket
Double Barrel Flintlock Shotgun
double barrel flintlock shotgun
English Lock Fishtail Fowler
English lock fishtail flintlock musket
English Matchlock Musket
matchlock musket
Dutch Flintlock Blunderbuss
Dutch blunderbuss flintlock musket
Early Doglock Blunderbuss
doglock flintlock blunderbuss
1853 Enfield Rifle Musket
1853 Enfield rifle musket caplock
British Heavy Dragoon Flintlock Pistol
British Heavy dragoon flintlock pistol
British Eliot Light Dragoon Flintlock Pistol
Eliott Light dragoon flintlock pistol
British 1756 Sea Service Flintlock Pistol
British 1756 Sea Service flintlock pistol
Flintlock Ketland Trade Pistol
Ketland trade flintlock pistol
Double Barrel Flintlock Pistol
double barrel flintlock pistol
1733 French Flintlock Pistol
1733 French flintlock pistol
1773 French Flintlock Pistol
1773 French sea service flintlock pistol
German Flintlock Pistol
German dragoon flintlock pistol
Scottish Murdoch Flintlock Pistol
Scottish Murdoch flintlock pistol
Royal Highland Regiments Flintlock Pistol
Scottish Royal Highland Regiment flintlock pistol
English Doglock Pistol
English lock doglock flintlock pistol
Double Barrel Percussion Pistol
double barrel caplock howdah pistol

It is our mission to provide history-minded people with the products they need to enjoy recreating the past. Our goal is to do it in as authentic a fashion as possible without draining their purses. It's bad enough that we have to deal with taxes and highwaymen, we shouldn't have to break open the children's piggybanks in order to pursue our hobby.

To that end, we strive to supply our customers with products that are not only authentic and of a good quality, but also at reasonable prices. We manufacture some of our own goods, but most of our products come from craftspeople and suppliers all over the country and even around the world.

We first started the Middlesex Village Trading Co. as a family venture back in 1993 to help cover the cost of our own reenacting when travelling to events in and around the Northeast. Back then we were serving as an artillery crew at RevWar and F&I events with "Benjamin", our three pounder. As some of you know, cannons tend to eat up a lot of your powder budget! Over the years things grew and grew into the full time business that it is today.

Some new suppliers popped up, others faded away, and we found ourselves approaching small manufacturers around the world to make authentic reproductions using traditional methods that have been lost here in the US. Take flashguards for instance. Everyone who uses a musket to fire in a reenactment needs a flashguard. Our old supplier of flashguards retired, leaving us without any. The next step was to pull the one off of my battered old Charleville and send it to a manfacturer who now makes them by the hundred for us. Not only is this an uninterupted supply, it a also cuts costs and allows us to offer them at a lower price than before.

If you are in the Northeast area, perhaps you can drop in on us at an event. Look for our white marquee with purple trim. There will no doubt be a toddler roaming around greeting people, that would be Caleigh. She joined us in September of 2001.

In person, you will deal with Wendy or Pete. Wendy answers the phone calls and order emails. Tech e-mail is answered by Pete. He has a machine design and mechanical background. Gun collecting and repair was his hobby long before he was a reenactor, and in addition to muzzleloaders he had done much work on modern competition target pistols. Wendy grew up in historic Salem Massachusetts, where she would spend many days taking her younger siblings to the Peabody-Essex Museum. Jim was the webmaster before his death in 2003, although not a reenactor, he performed many of the behind-the-scenes duties both for the MVTCo and for several local living history events. Pete and Jim are originally from Lowell, Massachusetts, where the historic "Middlesex Village" of 18th century fame was located.

Our hope is that our online showcase will also serve as an "publick house" of sorts, providing you with encampment & event schedules, accurate historical information, and much more, so come back often - chances are you'll find something of interest!

We invite you to browse and inspect our wares, and look forward to our dealings with you.