This Short Land Pattern Brown Bess musket with a Tower marked lock and 42 inch barrel was manufactured sometime between 1764-1768, with muskets of this configuration known to have been used by British Dragoons. The early style lock has a single screw-end visible behind the hammer and is marked "TOWER" at the tail and marked with a crown over "GR" at the center. Features a blade front sight that doubles as a bayonet lug, iron ramrod, brass furniture, unmarked wrist escutcheon, and sling swivels mounted on the forend and trigger guard. "Star/W" marked at the left quarter of the breech. "US" carved into the right of the buttstock, indicating this musket was likely captured from the British and subsequently carried by a Colonial during the Revolutionary War. Includes a socket bayonet faintly marked "D/50" on the socket, and is fitted with a later leather sling. Provenance: The George Moller Collection
Good with scattered patches of moderate pitting heavier at the breech with an enlarged touch hole, and fine markings on the lock. Stock is good as lightly sanded and re-oiled with scattered scratches and dents, some cracks on either side of the forend, a crack ahead of the lock, a chip behind the barrel tang, a filled in chip on the right of the buttstock, a small crack at the point of the buttplate tang, and carving as mentioned above. Mechanically excellent. Included bayonet is very good with some light pitting.
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