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Lot 272: British Short Land Pattern "Brown Bess" Flintlock Musket

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

Auction Date: December 9, 2022

Lot 272: British Short Land Pattern "Brown Bess" Flintlock Musket

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

Auction Date: December 9, 2022

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

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

Manufacturer: British
Model: Flintlock Musket
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 75
Barrel: 41 3/4 inch round
Finish: bright
Grip:
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 211
Class: Antique
Description:

This c. 1780s "Short Land, New Pattern" musket has a smoothbore barrel with a bayonet stud/front sight, Ordnance proofs, and a faint regimental marking. The lock has "TOWER/GILL" at the tail and the Georgian cipher at the center. The musket has the flat side plate and buttplate of the Short Land, New Pattern muskets and the second type second ramrod ferrule without the collar. Sling swivels are fitted to the forend and front of the trigger guard. The wrist escutcheon is inscribed "H/47." The stock has "6-A" in red paint on the right, a crude cross carved on the left, and Ordnance marks that appear to include "WI" on the bottom. Includes a socket bayonet marked "9" and "N" near the base of the blade and a steel ramrod with button head tip. Thomas Gill was an Ordnance contractor in the last two decades of the 18th century.

Rating Definition:

Very good with dark mottled gray and brown patina, moderate pitting, oil staining, a glued repair on the jaw spur, aged patina on the brass furniture, and moderate overall wear. The refinished stock is good and has mild overall wear, some chips, repairs, and mild dings and dents. Mechanically fine. The bayonet is fair with dark patina, mild pitting, edge wear, and a crack in the collar.



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