Object Title

Flintlock muzzle-loading military musket - Pattern 1738 Black (Short) Sea Service

Flintlock muzzle-loading military musket - Pattern 1738 Black (Short) Sea Service

Date

1745

Object Number

XII.82

Provenance

Old Tower Collection

Physical Description

Barrel of round section with bluish- black finish
It shows signs of having been shortened
Lock with flat lockplate and flat ring-necked cock, the lockplate engraved with the Royal Cypher, the name of the maker FARMER and the date 1745. The outer face is stamped with a government mark and the inner with several marks one a viewer's stamp.
Stock with brass mounts, the butt-plate being of flat form. The are no sling-loops and the musket as now stocked is not intended to take a bayonet. The tip of the ramrod is missing

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 52.362 in (1330 mm), Barrel length: 36 in (920 mm), Weight: 10 lb 10 oz

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number none

Calibre

.775 in

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped at the breech with a government property mark and with a forger's mark on the underside, B D, H

Associations

Notes

Compare No.XII.108,118,120,123.
James Farmer
Born 1715, son of Joseph Farmer gunmaker of Birmingham (d.1741). Formed partnership with brother-in-law, Samuel Galton, became contractors to Ordnance. James worked in London, c. 1748-65. Returned to Birmingham, d. 1773.