Object Title

Flintlock muzzle-loading military musket - James II Land Service

Flintlock muzzle-loading military musket - James II Land Service

Date

1685

Object Number

XII.70

Provenance

Formerly Class XII.79 (1909-1916, The 1909 Dillon inventory system). Formerly Class XII.403 (1890?-1909, an interim renumbering system that is only recorded in a handwritten list) . Formerly Class XII.419 (1857-1909, The Old War Office inventory system otherwise known as the Hewitt system.)

Physical Description

Very similar to No.XII.69. The ramrod and one ramrod pipe are missing and the tip of the fore-end has been restored

Dimensions

BarrelLength52.52inches
BarrelLength1080mm
OverallLength1470mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number none visible

Calibre

0.76 in

Inscriptions and Marks

The lockplate is engraved with the name of the maker JONES. Barrel also marked E.G crowned

Associations

Places England

Bibliographic References

John Hewitt, Official Catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1859: p.81

Sir Sibald D. Scott, The British Army, Vol.2, London and New York, 1868, p.293

C ffoulkes, Inventory and Survey of the Armouries of the Tower of London, London, 1916, vol.II, p.342

Notes

It is stated in the Inventory of 1915 on the authority of 18th century Tower guide books that the dog-lock muskets Nos.XII.69-75 were taken at Bath in 1715. A Jacobite rising to be headed by James, Duke of Ormonde was planned for October 1715 and military stores for the purpose were captured by government forces at Bath.
There is no positive proof, however, that these particular muskets are the ones referred to.