Object Title

Flintlock muzzle-loading musket - Colonel's Musket, sealed pattern

Flintlock muzzle-loading musket - Colonel's Musket, sealed pattern

Date

1722-1725

Object Number

XII.89

Provenance

Old Tower Collection

Physical Description

Variant form of Long Land Pattern Musket
Lockplate is rounded with pronounced teat at rear, but not banana form. Rounded detachable pan without bridle. The steel spring has a bulbous, rounded finial. The cock is a rounded swan-neck, with a narrow flat comb with the tip curled inwards and without engraving. The only engraving on the lock is FREEMAN aahead of the cock.
Stock to 3.5 in of muzzle. The barrel retained by three pins and the upper sling loop screw. Sheet brass reinforce band at tip of fore-end. Pronounced swell at tailpipe. Four small diameter brass pipes of cylindrical form, the tailpipe having a finial like a quill-pen point. Heavy brass trigger guard with long pointed finials, pinned at front, held by two screws through the rear finial. Curled trigger. Land Pattern sideplate and buttplate, the latter having a screw through the forward part of the tang. Escutcheon on small is similiar to Land Pattern but smaller. Almost no carving round lock or sideplate, that around barrel tang plain. Heavy butt without handrail, broad comb. Right butt has black wax seal with crowned coat of arms, supporters and motto in ribbon beneath.
The barrel has a slightly different form, narrower, of baluster turning at the breech. There is a slight sighting groove cut along the front of the tang

Dimensions

BarrelLength1156mm
OverallLength1562mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number nvn

Calibre

.77 in

Inscriptions and Marks

Government proof marks struck on top of the breech

Associations

Places Britain

Notes

Probably one of a contract for 190 M&B for Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of Welsh Fusiliers, Maj. Gen. Sabine, of 16th Sept. 1723.