Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1112: Revolutionary War "US" Marked Tower Short Land Brown Bess Musket

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Revolutionary War Era "US" Marked British Tower Short Land Pattern Brown Bess Flintlock Musket with Bayonet

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

Revolutionary War Era "US" Marked British Tower Short Land Pattern Brown Bess Flintlock Musket with Bayonet

Manufacturer: British
Model: Flintlock Musket
Type: Musket
Gauge: 75
Barrel: 42 inch round
Finish: brown
Stock: walnut
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 60
Class: Antique

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

Rating Definition:

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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