Object Title

Flintlock muzzle-loading military musket - Pattern 1703 Land Service

Flintlock muzzle-loading military musket - Pattern 1703 Land Service

Date

1704

Object Number

XII.78

Provenance

Old Tower Collection

Physical Description

Barrel octagonal at the breech where it is stamped T below 3 feathers with Ordnance proof and maker's marks. One of the latter possibly that of the forger, is also stamped on the underside, the other mark being a heart repeated at the muzzle
Lock with dog-catch, the lockplate engraved with the cypher of Queen Anne, the name of the maker R. WOLLDRIDGE and the number 4 for the date 1704. The top jaw Ramrod missing. A mark probably a version of that on No.XII.77 is stamped on the butt

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 61.024 in (1550 mm), Height: 7.087 in (180 mm), Depth: 3.15 in (80 mm), Barrel length: 45.5 in (1156 mm), Weight: 10 lb 9 oz

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number nvn

Calibre

.760 in

Inscriptions and Marks

At the breech stamped with Ordnance proof and maker's marks. One of the latter, T below 3 feathers possibly that of the forger,is also stamped on the underside, the other mark being heart repeated at the muzzle. The name of the maker R.WOLLDRIDGE and the number 4 for the date 1704 is engraved on the lockplate

Associations

Places England

Notes

Richard Wolldridge
Employed by the Board of Ordnance as a furbisher at the Tower from c.1704. About 1718 he was promoted to the office of Master Furbisher which he held until 1749. Compare Nos.XII.79,80,262,279.