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Lot 3316: 1779 Dated East India Company Flintlock Fusil with Bayonet

Auction Date: September 12, 2021

1779 Dated East India Company Flintlock "Brown Bess" Style Fusil with 1786 Stock Carving and Bayonet

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

1779 Dated East India Company Flintlock "Brown Bess" Style Fusil with 1786 Stock Carving and Bayonet

Manufacturer: Twigg
Model: Flintlock
Type: Musket
Gauge: 69
Barrel: 37 1/4 inch round
Finish: bright
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 351
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 172
Class: Antique
Description:

This light infantry or artillery style fusil is essentially a lighter version of the famous Brown Bess musket and was made by John Twigg in 1779 for the East India Company. The lock has "1779" and the East India Company "4/V/EI/C" heart logo on the tail and "TWIGG" signed at the center, a small "W" mark under the pan, and "NI" on the inside. The barrel similarly has the heart logo and then "TWIGG 1779" and has London proof and view marks flanking "crown/IT" on the left at the breech. The stud front sight is also the bayonet lug for the appropriately scaled down socket bayonet. The stock has the heart logo followed by "MW Iunr 1786" (January 1786) on the right side of the comb, what looks to be "AC" or "DC" behind the trigger guard tang, and George Moller's "GDM" collection mark discretely by the toe. A black leather sling is fitted to the sling swivels. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Very good with a mix of gray and brown patina on the lock and barrel, relined vent, repaired neck of the cock, broken rear sling swivel, natural aged patina on the brass furniture, and mild overall wear. The bayonet is good and has mottled gray patina and dark pitting. The stock is also very good and has mild overall wear, some minor thin cracks, and legible markings. Mechanically fine.



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