BRITISH 1ST MODEL BROWN BESS MUSKET WITH BARREL MARKINGS TO THE 10TH REGIMENT OF FOOT.
Cal. 76. NSN. Bbl. 46 1/8″.
A historic example of a 1st Model Brown Bess Pattern 1756 British Long Land musket. The markings on the top of the bbl. indicate issuance to the 10th Regiment of Foot. The 10th played a very important role in the years leading up to the American Revolution as well as the first 2 years of the conflict. Elements of both the Light Infantry & Grenadier Companies were ordered by General Gage to seize arms & ammunition resulting in the Battles of Lexington & Concord. At the Battle of Bunker Hill the Grenadier Company took part in the 3 famous charges up Breed’s Hill & the Light Company participated in the attack along the beach on the men guarding the American’s flank. Subsequently they participated in the New York campaign in the winter of 1776, the Battle of Germantown in October 1777, the Battle of Monmouth in June of 1778 & the Battle of Rhode Island in August of 1778. After the battles in Rhode Island, the 10th returned to England ending a total of 19 years of overseas service. The bbl. is clearly marked on the top close to the breech, “10 REGT.”. There are 2 proofs on the top of the bbl. & 1 proof to the left side of the bolster. Lock marked to the rear of the hammer, “TOWER” & shows the distinctive 1st Model single screw. In front of the hammer marked, “(crown) / GR” with a broad arrow mark to the right. Brass trigger guard, buttplate, sideplate, ramrod thimbles, entry thimble & nosecap. There is a brass escutcheon shield with the engraved marking “7/29”. The iron sling swivels are present along with the iron ramrod. The stock has a carved raised area behind the bbl. tang.