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Lot 137: 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

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,800 - $2,750

British Tower Marked India Pattern Brown Bess Flintlock Musket with Bayonet

Manufacturer: Tower
Model: India Pattern
Type: Musket
Gauge: 75
Barrel: 42 1/4 inch round
Finish: bright
Stock: walnut
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 76
Class: Antique

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. "CN 3928" marked on top of the barrel. The lock is marked "TOWER" at the tail with a standard "crown/GR" Georgian cypher at the center, and "RW" is marked inside of the lock. It has brass furniture including slightly flared ramrod guides. A crown over "B O" above a British broad arrow acceptance mark is stamped on the left rear of the buttstock. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Includes a socket bayonet and later leather sling. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Good with bright surfaces, scattered light pitting on the barrel, some mild flash pitting, and scattered moderate pitting on the lock with nice lock markings. Brass retains an attractive golden aged patina. Stock is also good as sanded and re-oiled with scattered light scratches and dents, a spliced replacement forend, a few mild gouges on the left of the comb, and crisp stampings on the left of the buttstock. Mechanically excellent. Included bayonet is good with scattered moderate pitting.

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