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Lot 3313: British Short Land Pattern Brown Bess Flintlock Musket & Bayonet

Auction Date: September 12, 2021

Fine British Short Land Pattern Brown Bess Flintlock Musket Marked Griffin with Bayonet

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $4,500 - $7,000

Fine British Short Land Pattern Brown Bess Flintlock Musket Marked Griffin with Bayonet

Manufacturer: Griffin
Model: Flintlock
Type: Musket
Gauge: 79
Barrel: 42 inch round
Finish: bright
Grip:
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 171
Class: Antique
Description:

This French Revolutionary Wars era (1792-1802) commercial musket rather than a Ordnance piece and has London proofs flanking a "*/RW" maker's mark on the left at the breech and a "TL" (possibly "IL") followed by two dots and "LONDON" on top. It was likely used by one of the volunteer units raised to defend against a possible French invasion. An over-sized bayonet lug is fitted near the muzzle. The lock is signed "GRIFFIN." The furniture is brass, and the walnut stock has no visible markings. A leather sling is fitted to the sling swivels and a "35" marked socket bayonet is included. It fits the barrel but not the lug. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Fine. It has mostly a crisp silver-gray patina and some slight pitting on the lock and barrel and aged patina on the brass furniture. The markings have been partially recut. The stock is also fine and has smooth finish, light marks and scratches, a couple dents, and relatively minor overall wear. The bayonet is fine with gray and brown patina and minor pitting. Mechanically fine.



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