Object Title

Percussion muzzle-loading military rifle-musket - Pattern 1856 Sergeants Fusil for Native Infantry, sealed pattern

Percussion muzzle-loading military rifle-musket - Pattern 1856 Sergeants Fusil for Native Infantry, sealed pattern

Date

1857

Object Number

XII.380

Provenance

Formerly Class XXIV.109 (1938-1971, Student Collection). Formerly IWM No.19,107 (When temporarily stored from about 1927 to 1938, a possible transfer was being considered under the Cottesloe Committee criteria.). Formerly Class XII.783 (1909-1916, The 1909 Dillon inventory system). Formerly Class XII.967 (1857-1909, The Old War Office inventory system otherwise known as the Hewitt system.). Originally registered in July 1897. Transferred from RSAF Enfield in 1891 as part of a collection of Sealed Pattern Arms. (Enfield list no.75)

Dimensions

OverallLength1245mm
BarrelLength838mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number nvn

Calibre

.577 in

Associations

Places Britain

Notes

Described in the 1891 Enfield transfer list as: Fusil sergts, 1857, 3 grooves calibre 577 in. approved 11.5.56 with bayonet.


Also recorded in the blue typescript inventory: Only the original order for 10,000 of these Fusils was completed. It appears that all were delivered in to Store by March of 1859, the order dating from July 27th 1857. The mutiny precluded further rifled arms being made for the Indian Service, although others had already been produced concurrently with this Fusil.