Object Title

Flintlock muzzle-loading military musket - India Pattern

Flintlock muzzle-loading military musket - India Pattern

Date

1800

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. Stamped across the tail, TOWER and ahead of cock crowned GR and small crown
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 sideplate, Sea Service trigger guard and buttplate, the lower sling loop through front of guard bow. Short heavy curled trigger. Handrail butt, painted in white letters along right side of comb,'Musqt Long S,.'.
The full round barrel is baluster turned at the breech and stamped with Government proof marks and an asterisk over O. The finish of the barrel is rough draw-filed and specially blackened

Dimensions

OverallLength1345mm
BarrelLength940mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number nvn

Calibre

.750 in

Inscriptions and Marks

TOWER and GR

Associations

Places England

Notes

Sea Service muskets were made with 'Black' and 'Bright' barrels, the former presumably for night actions where the glitter of barrels might give away a surprise attack. They appear to have been issued in equal numbers.