Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 136: British Tower India Pattern Brown Bess Musket with Bayonet

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

British Tower Marked India Pattern Brown Bess Flintlock Musket with Bayonet

Estimated Price: $2,250 - $3,500

British Tower Marked India Pattern Brown Bess Flintlock Musket with Bayonet

Manufacturer: Tower
Model: India Pattern
Type: Musket
Gauge: 75
Barrel: 39 5/16 inch round
Finish: bright
Grip:
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 76
Class: Antique
Description:

Also known as the Third Model, the India Pattern Brown Bess was used by both the British military and the East India Company in the late 18th century to mid-19th century. The lock is marked "TOWER" at the tail with a standard "crown/GR" Georgian cypher at the center. It has brass furniture including slightly flared ramrod guides. Crown proofs marked on the breech. "IxH" carved on the left stock flat. Large letters "14:B/DIGBY:M" branded upside down on the left rear of the buttstock. "Crown/broad arrow/1805" marked on the right rear of the buttstock. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Includes a socket bayonet marked with the East India Company heart bale and "NOCK 1801" on the socket, and a period leather sling. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Very good with scattered moderate pitting on the otherwise bright metal surfaces with sharp markings on the lock and barrel. Brass retains an attractive bright patina. Stock is also very good as revarnished with nice figure overall, scattered light scratches, a re-glued section below the side plate, chips behind the barrel tang, carving and branding as mentioned above, and crisp markings on the right of the buttstock. Mechanically excellent. Included bayonet is good with scattered patches of moderate pitting, sling is also good with cracking and age related wear.



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