Object Title

Flintlock muzzle-loading military musket - Pattern 1803

Flintlock muzzle-loading military musket - Pattern 1803



Object Number



Transferred from Royal Small Arms Factory, Enfield, in 1891 as part of a collection of sealed patterns (Enfield catalogue no. 4). Originally registered in July 1897. Formerly Class XII.938 (Hewitt, 1857-1909); Class XII.754 (Dillon, 1909-1916); Class XXIV.45 (Students Collection, 1938-1971)

Physical Description

The lock is India Pattern with swan-neck cock, and engraved across tail TOWER and ahead of cock, crowned GR and stamped with small crowned Broad Arrow.
Stocked to 4.5 in of the muzzle, with brass fore-end cap. The barrel is retained by three pins and by the upper sling loop screw. Bayonet stud acts as foresight. Staple heads have been driven over the pins on the right side. This is an India Pattern Musket in all its furniture and stock construction. bears B.O. storekeeper's stamp.
The barrel is India Patterned and blacked in the normal manner and bears Government proofmarks on the breech.


BarrelLength928 mm


Serial Number None visible


.76 in

Inscriptions and Marks

Storekeeper's mark B.O


Places England

Bibliographic References

Ffoulkes, C J, 1916 Inventory and Survey of the Armouries of the Tower of London. Vol. 1, London, HMSO. pg.348.


This musket is probably the first example in the Student Collection of the Sea Service Musket being constructed without the 'typical' Sea Service furniture typical of all such arms throughout the 18th century; but its dimensions conform to those of previous weapons in the series.