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Lot 151: "SNY" "US" Surcharged British India Pattern Brown Bess Musket

State of New York Marked and "US" Surcharged British India Pattern Brown Bess Percussion Conversion Musket with Bayonet

Auction Date: February 14, 2023

Lot 151: "SNY" "US" Surcharged British India Pattern Brown Bess Musket

State of New York Marked and "US" Surcharged British India Pattern Brown Bess Percussion Conversion Musket with Bayonet

Auction Date: February 14, 2023

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Estimated Price: $1,800 - $2,750

State of New York Marked and "US" Surcharged British India Pattern Brown Bess Percussion Conversion Musket with Bayonet

Manufacturer: English
Model: Flintlock
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 75
Barrel: 39 3/8 inch round
Finish: brown
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 187
Item Interest: Average
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Class: Antique
Rating:

OE - GOOD - some minor replacement parts; metal smoothly rusted or lightly pitted in places, cleaned; principal lettering, numerals and design on metal legible; lightly scratched, bruised or minor cracks repaired; in good working order.

NPRF - NON-PROFESSIONALLY REFINISHED/COLD BLUE, ETC.

Description:

Reportedly, 9,440 British muskets were imported to Philadelphia circa 1799-1800 and placed in the Schuylkill Arsenal. Some of these were likely from the Revolutionary War, but others were imported new. India pattern Brown Bess muskets imported for U.S. use in the early national period are discussed on pages 3 and 4 of "American Military Shoulder Arms, Volume 2: From the 1790s to the End of the Flintlock Period" by George D. Moller. Moller states, "There are very few early India pattern muskets with 'US' markings in American collections." British proofs and "US/S.N.Y" marked on the barrel at the breech. "US" marked on the tail of the lock with "TOWER" and the standard Georgian cipher markings, "TK" inspection mark behind the lower tang, and a small "TC" on the left flat. Later converted from flintlock to percussion.

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