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c1790 Short Land Pattern Unmarked Brown Bess Musket
  • c1790 Short Land Pattern Unmarked Brown Bess Musket
  • c1790 Short Land Pattern Unmarked Brown Bess Musket
  • c1790 Short Land Pattern Unmarked Brown Bess Musket
  • c1790 Short Land Pattern Unmarked Brown Bess Musket
  • c1790 Short Land Pattern Unmarked Brown Bess Musket
  • c1790 Short Land Pattern Unmarked Brown Bess Musket
  • c1790 Short Land Pattern Unmarked Brown Bess Musket
  • c1790 Short Land Pattern Unmarked Brown Bess Musket
  • c1790 Short Land Pattern Unmarked Brown Bess Musket
  • c1790 Short Land Pattern Unmarked Brown Bess Musket
  • c1790 Short Land Pattern Unmarked Brown Bess Musket
  • c1790 Short Land Pattern Unmarked Brown Bess Musket

c1790 Short Land Pattern Unmarked Brown Bess Musket

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£1,800.00


Product Description

A good looking example of the Short Land Pattern Musket, the second version of the iconic ‘Brown Bess’ muskets that were the British infantryman's basic weapon from about 1740 until the 1830s.

The Short Land Pattern Musket was brought out in 1768 and differed from its predecessor the Long Land Pattern, in that the barrel was shortened by 10 cm (4 inches). This made it more manoeuvrable, whilst not affecting the range and accuracy of the musket. The stress-bearing parts of the musket, such as the barrel, lockwork, and sling-swivels, are made of iron, while other furniture pieces such as the butt plate, trigger guard and ramrod pipe are in brass. The weapon has a front sight and a cut groove on the barrel tang.

The musket is unusual in that all maker’s and proof marks have been period removed from the gun. The only identification is an engraved ‘A. No 13’ and an ‘IR’ on the barrel by the breech. The muzzle has had the sight/bayonet lug removed and another added on the underside of the barrel. There is a soldered brass foresight that has been added for aiming. The ramrod is made of steel and is unlike British versions and more akin to the that of the French, pre M1777 musket. The reason for the lack of marks is unclear. Certainly, Britain did supply Brown Besses to other Countries, such as Sweden and the Netherlands. However, these tend to be the later India Pattern, adopted in 1790. Most likely this is a captured musket that has been reissued to French or possibly American troops. All signs of the British ordnance were removed. The A. No 13, may refer to ‘An XIII’ in the Revolutionary calendar that corresponds with 1812.

The condition is good, with grey age toning and some staining due to old rust. The lock action is crisp.

Size: 144.5cm (57 inches)
Weight: 4.4kg

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