Object Title

Flintlock muzzle-loading musket - Colonel's Musket

Flintlock muzzle-loading musket - Colonel's Musket

Date

1720-1730

Object Number

XII.91

Provenance

Old Tower Collection

Physical Description

The lockplate is flat with bevelled edges and a pronounced teat at the rear, measuring 6.75 in x 1.8 in. the pan is rounded with a bridle. Both steel and steel spring screws enter from the inside of the plate. The steel is of the older squared pattern. Flat cock with bevelled edge, ring-neck, with flat comb, of very modern (i.e. ahead of its time) appearance. Plate engraved across the tail, CLARKSON, and ahead of the cock, a large crown.
Stocked to 3.5 inches of the muzzle, the barrel retained by the upper sling loop screw and by one or more of the rod pipe pins. Bayonet stud acts as foresight. Iron fore-end cap and four turned pipes of barrel shape. Rounded iron sideplate similar to Land Patten rounded one-piece iron trigger guard with continental pattern pointed finials. Lower sling loop through front of guard bow (missing). Curled trigger. Rounded iron buttplate has long stepped tang extending 5.5 inches along comb. Semi-handrail comb not much extended into butt. Both right and left sides of butt have remains of red wax seals. Raised carving round the lock, barrel tang and sideplate. The front of the comb has a knob carved upwards, apparently designed to afford a better grip for the hand when using the bayonet. The escutcheon on top of the small, of unusual form, is engraved which may refer to General Kane's Colonelcy of the 9th Foot to which he was appointed in 1725. Kane was something of an authority on small arms etc., and wrote a book on infantry tactics which was very well received.
The breech is baluster turned, with a sighting groove cut across it and the tang has a pointed rather than squared end. Private London proofmarks stamped on the left side of the breech, consisting of crowned G.P and crowned V between which is a diamond containing I.C. The barrel is turned at 9.5 inches and 14 inches from the breech, but is full round.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 1575 mm (62 in), Barrel length: 1170 mm (46 in), Weight: 9 lb 15 oz

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number nvn

Calibre

.78 in

Inscriptions and Marks

Escutcheon engraved KANE A No. 1

Associations

Places Britain

Notes

Joseph Clarkson
Free of Gunmakers Co. by redemption, 1715.
Guns and crossbows signed 'Clarkson Londini', indicate earlier working dates. Gunmaker to Ordnance, 1723. Last ref., 1734 (GMC).
Colonel Kane was Colonel of the 9th Foot 1725-37.