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Lot 3315: English Flintlock Baker Rifle with Bayonet

Auction Date: September 12, 2021

Scarce and Desirable English Flintlock Baker Rifle with Sword Bayonet

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $5,500 - $8,500

Scarce and Desirable English Flintlock Baker Rifle with Sword Bayonet

Manufacturer: British
Model: Flintlock
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 65
Barrel: 30 1/4 inch round
Finish: bright
Stock: walnut
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 172
Class: Antique

The British Baker rifles were based on the designs of Ezekiel Baker and were used by the British Army from 1800 into the 1830s. The fact that they were designed for use with bayonets was revolutionary for the period. They were used by British riflemen and skirmishers in the Napoleonic Wars and War of 1812 and were also used by Mexican forces during the Texas Revolution, including at the Alamo. There were many variations of the Baker produced, including variations in sights, bayonets, barrel lengths, and more. This rifle has a dovetailed brass blade front sight, bayonet mounting bar on the right with "I" marking on the base, a standing rear sight, proofs at the breech, the standard Georgian cipher and "TOWER" markings on the outside of the lock, "crown/TH" mark on the left stock flat, black oval wrist escutcheon, grip extension on the trigger guard, storekeeper's mark ahead of the patch box, an oval cheek piece and "broad arrow/BO" mark on the left side of the butt, flat brass buttplate, impressive "JOSEPH REDDELL & CO." marked sword bayonet with brass hilt and a black leather sling. The patch box contains extra flints, a blued multi-tool, and rod attachments. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Good with attractive aged patina on the brass furniture, mottled gray and brown patina and some mild pitting on the lock and barrel, and mild overall wear. The refinished stock is also good and has smooth oiled finish, some flame figure on the butt, minor hairline cracks at the front wedge, slight loss by the frizzen, and a filled divot on the right side above the patch box. Mechanically fine.

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