Object Title

Flintlock muzzle-loading military musket - Pattern 1746 Long Land and Sea Service

Flintlock muzzle-loading military musket - Pattern 1746 Long Land and Sea Service

Date

1745

Object Number

XII.83

Provenance

Old Tower Collection

Physical Description

Barrel of round section stamped at the breech with government property and Ordnance proof marks. Lock similar to that of No. XII.82, engraved with Royal Cypher, the name of the maker WILLETS and the date 1745.
Brass mounted Stock, the screw-plate having an oval depression possibly to guide the thumb of the right hand when performing 'rest arms.' Sling swivels, one ramrod pipe and ramrod missing. The musket is intended to take a bayonet

Materials

Dimensions

BarrelLength45.79inches
BarrelLength1163mm
OverallLength1570mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number none visible

Calibre

0.75 in

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped with the government lock mark and on the inner side of the lockplate with I.W crowned, maker's and viewer's marks

Associations

Notes

John Willets, Lock Contractor
Of Birmingham received a number of Ordnance contracts in the second half of the 18th century. The name occurs in Ordnance records as late as 1810 and at least two gunmakers must be involved.
Three archeological specimen butt-plates all with broad arrow and 1746 cast into inner surface, recovered from grounds of Fort Ticonderoga, New York. Evidencing use in 1758 campaign. Supported by documentary evidence being shipped from New York to Albany Ordnance stores in spring of 1758 (DWB).