AMERICAN RESTOCKED 1ST MODEL BROWN BESS FLINTLOCK
inv # 01-18161
A classic British 1st Model Brown Bess mfg. as a 1756 Long Land musket w/ the bbl. being shortened to 42”, 2nd Model length, by the British military. Bbl. has a bayonet lug on the top & several proofs near the breech including “FC” on the cheek side. There is a crowned “GR” over broad arrow along w/ a crowned crossed keys mark on the top of the bbl. & a crowned “9” on the lock side. The lock is marked w/ a crown “GR” in front of the cock & a sm. crowned broad arrow under the pan. There is also a mark behind the cock that appears to have been purposely removed, possibly during American reissue. Brass trigger guard w/ well articulated finials. Lg. brass 3 step buttplate w/ brass escutcheon at top of wrist. Brass rounded sideplate w/ long tail. There are 4 brass thimbles & a brass nosecap. Stock has well defined beaver tails in back of the lock & in back of the sideplate. It is possible this musket was restocked by an American gunsmith prior to being reissued during the Revolution to American troops. There is a mark near the buttplate on the cheek side that could be a store keeper’s mark. Stock has a noticeable swell to the rear of the entry thimble. Both iron sling swivels are present as well as the original iron ramrod.