Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 31: Tower Marked British Third Model Brown Bess Musket with Bayonet

Auction Date: December 3, 2010

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,400 - $2,250

Tower Marked British Third Model Brown Bess Musket with Bayonet

Manufacturer: Tower
Model: Brown Bess
Type: Musket
Gauge: 75
Barrel: 39 inch round
Finish: brown
Stock: hardwood
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 12
Class: Antique

The barrel has a pair of British proofs on the left side at the breech, with a shallow groove rear sight and a worn down front sight on a bayonet lug. Border engraved lock plate, with "TOWER" marked vertically at the rear and the large crown over "GR" with a crown arrow proof and "I GILL" in front of the hammer. Smooth straight grip stock with brass forearm tip, ramrod pipes, trigger guard, reverse plate and butt, an iron ramrod with a button tip, and two sling swivels. The buttplate heel is marked "L-H 383" and "N /G17". "L-H 383" is also marked on top of the barrel. A crown/B proof is stamped on the left stock flat and illegible markings are stamped on the right side of the buttstock. With a socket bayonet (does not fit the musket).

Rating Definition:

Very good. The barrel and action have been cleaned at one time and now have a mottled gray patina. The brass has a polished appearance. The sanded and reoiled stock is good with a hairline crack near the lock and a few minor handling marks. The bayonet is very good with a dark mottled patina. Mechanically fine.

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