Object Title

Flintlock muzzle-loading musket - Sea Service

Flintlock muzzle-loading musket - Sea Service

Date

about 1780

Object Number

XII.118

Provenance

Old Tower Collection

Physical Description

The rounded plate with teat at rear and a rounded swan-neck cock with narrow comb curled outwards in profile. Stocked to 4.5 in of the muzzle, the barrel retained by three pins and the upper sling loop screw. Bayonet stud acts as foresight. No fore-end cap. Two Land Pattern barrel-shaped brass pipes, the lower one having rod retaining spring inside. No tailpipe. Button-head iron ramrod. Short Land side-plate, Sea Service trigger guard and buttplate, the lower sling loop through front of guard bow. Short heavy curled trigger. The full round barrel is baluster turned at the breech. The finish of the barrel is rough draw-filed and specially blackened.

Techniques

Blackened

Materials

Dimensions

BarrelLength37 in.
BarrelLength940 mm
OverallLength53 in.
OverallLength1345 mm
OverallWeight4.3 kg
OverallWeight9.5 lb

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number None visible

Calibre

.78 in

Inscriptions and Marks

Designation
'Musqt Long S,S.'.
Right side of comb
Painted
Proof marks
?
Breech
Stamped
?
Asterisk over O
Breech
Stamped
Royal cipher
Crown over GR (small crown)
Ahead of cock
Stamped
Maker
TOWER
Lockplate tail
Stamped

Associations

Notes

Unlike the Land Service musket, its brass furniture has been simplified and reduced for cheapness of manufacture. Two types of Sea Service muskets were made from around 1737-38, some with 'Bright' barrels, like this example and others with ‘Black’ barrels, presumably for night actions where the glitter of barrels might give away a surprise attack. They appear to have been issued in equal numbers.