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Lot 148: British Short Land New Pattern Flintlock Musket & Bayonet

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Documented Revolutionary War Era Attributed British Short Land New Pattern "Brown Bess" Flintlock Musket with Bayonet

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,000 - $5,000

Documented Revolutionary War Era Attributed British Short Land New Pattern "Brown Bess" Flintlock Musket with Bayonet

Manufacturer: British
Model: Flintlock Musket
Type: Musket
Gauge: 75
Barrel: 42 inch round
Finish: brown
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 973
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 79
Class: Antique
Description:

This musket is pictured and discussed on pages 226-230 of "American Military Shoulder Arms, Volume 1: Colonial and Revolutionary War Arms" by George Moller and is noted as manufactured following the lock changes of 1777-1778. The front sight doubles as the stud for the included socket bayonet, and the barrel has Ordnance proofs on top at the breech The lock has a "crown/broad arrow" mark under the pan, the Georgian cipher at the center, "TOWER" on the tail, and "WG" and another "crown" mark on the inside of the plate. The furniture is all brass, and the wrist escutcheon is inscribed with what appears to be "TJ/60." The stock has U.S. buttons inlaid into the sides of the butt and "GDM" (George D. Moller) lightly stamped by the toe. It is equipped with a black leather sling. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Good as reconverted to flintlock configuration with some replaced hardware such as the lock screws. The lock and barrel mostly display a smooth artificial brown finish. The frizzen and cock have mild pitting and striking wear. The brass furniture has attractive aged patina. The bayonet is good and has dark patina, moderate oxidation/pitting, and generally moderate to heavy wear. The refinished stock is also good and has some chips and slivers absent at the edges, some thin cracks and repairs mainly on the forend, and smooth oiled finish. Mechanically fine.



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