Object Title

Flintlock muzzle-loading military musket

Flintlock muzzle-loading military musket

Date

1640

Object Number

XII.5366

Provenance

Purchased with other objects, 15 November 1985. From the Armoury at Littlecote House. (number M51)

Physical Description

The lock is of type 1 design and is held in place by 3 nails. The cock buffer and steel spring are combined. The stock has a fishtail butt and a wooden-tipped ramrod which may be original. There are traces of line decoration and the stock is concave on either side of the breech tang. The toe of the butt has been restored and the underside of the butt has been extensively repaired with resin. The fore-end is also much repaired with wood and resin. The barrel has an octagonal breech which extends for 13 1/4 in. where there is a baluster. After this the barrel is round. There is an open V backsight and a bead foresight. The barrel is held in place by 3 pins. This barrel has previously been on a matchlock as can be seen from the slot in the breech. There is a 1/8 in. chamber at the muzzle

Dimensions

Dimensions: Length of barrel: 42.5 in (1080 mm), Length overall: 56 in (1422 mm), Weight: 11 lb 6 oz

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number none visible

Calibre

.70 in

Inscriptions and Marks

On the right side of the butt is a faint AP. On the top flat of the breech is a IH (or possible IN)

Associations

Places England