Object Title

Flintlock muzzle-loading military musket - Gillmore's Pattern

Flintlock muzzle-loading military musket - Gillmore's Pattern

Date

1815

Object Number

XII.133

Provenance

Old Tower Collection

Physical Description

The lockplate is flat with bevelled edge and stepped down at the tail with a pronounced teat. Raised and rounded integral pan with flash guard which is secured by a small screw into the plate behind the pan and by the steel screw. The cock is flat with a bevelled edge, ring-necked and quite full-breasted in profile, being rather shorter in height than is typical. The plate is engraved in script ahead of the cock, ' Lieut Gillmore 3rd W.I. Regt.'
Stocked to 3.5 in of the muzzle with brass fore-end cap. Bayonet stud beneath barrel. Iron blade on block braised 3 inches from the muzzle. The barrel is retained by two wide round pins and the upper sling loop screw. Three brass India Pattern rod pipes, button-head cupped tip rod. One lockscrew with circular brass cup. Brass scroll trigger guard with lower swivel loop through front of guard. Buttplate similar to New Land but slightly longer tapering tang. Slightly undercut comb
The round barrel is fitted with a break-off breech and has a tapering flat on the top of the barrel. The base for a special tangent backsight, now missing, is braised 7.25 in ahead of the breech. There are no external markings, but underneath the breech are stamped proofmarks of 'London Gunmakers Company', and the maker's mark W.F. possibly William Fullerd

Dimensions

BarrelLength38.98inches
BarrelLength990mm
OverallLength1378mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number none visible

Calibre

0.64 in

Associations

Places England

Notes

This gun was made for Joseph Albert Gillmore, 3rd West Indies Regt., in 1815, by Forsyth & Co, at a cost of £40. The object was to use a special cartridge in which the ball is encased in a cup or wad, there by eliminating windage in the common musket and increasing accuracy while in no way slowing down the loading process. It would also be possible to reduce the powder charge as it would be properly consumed by the elimination of windage. The weapon was over-refined and because it would not use the 14.5 to the pound ball of the standard musket ( but instead one of 18 to the lb), and had a complicated backsight, it was rejected. Gillmore was given a commendation and £60 to cover his expenses.