Object Title

Flintlock muzzle-loading musket - Service type

Flintlock muzzle-loading musket - Service type

Date

1700

Object Number

XII.72

Provenance

Old Tower Collection

Physical Description

The lockplate is flat with a bevelled edge and measures 7.25 in x 1.5 in. Bevelled or faceted detachable iron pan without bridle, top of steel squared off. Steelspring has fleur-de-lys finial. Flat ring-neck cock with notch cut at rear for dog catch which is screwed to the plate in rear of the cock. Front of the reinforce on the cock is much thinner than the rear portion.
Plate engraved ahead of cock, 'FITTED INTO A MATCH LOCK STO' with the 'C K' obliterated by the spring finial.
Stocked to the muzzle, the barrel retained by three pins. Sheet-iron fore-end cap, and reinforce band 1 and 1/4 in wide set 5 in from the muzzle. Reinforce band acts as upper rod pipe, and there is a turned iron tail-pipe with a long finial. Rounded iron serpentine sideplate with three lockscrews. Strap iron trigger guard with a bulbous rounded front finial, held by a screw through the front finial and one through the rear.
The barrel is octagon for 10.5 in from the breech, gradually tapering to round. Stamped on top with crowned W.R. Square barrel tang with raised carving round it, underside stamped P.I

Dimensions

BarrelLength1162mm
OverallLength1562mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number nvn

Calibre

.80 in

Inscriptions and Marks

Crowned W.I. and P.I

Associations

Places England

Notes

This musket is almost identical with XII.1868 and XII.3477 (XXIV.1754).
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.