Object Title

Matchlock muzzle-loading military musket - By I. Biken

Matchlock muzzle-loading military musket - By I. Biken



Object Number



Old Tower Collection; formerly on loan to the Army Museum 1970

Physical Description

Barrel octagonal at the breech altering to round section and flaring slightly at the muzzle. There is a foresight but no backsight.
Lock with convex lockplate resembling a flintlock in outline. The pan is mounted on the lockplate and is fitted with a flashguad and a large pivoted pan-cover. The mechanism is operated by a normal pivoted trigger the scear spring being fitted above the scear.
Stock with french type shoulder-butt with steel mounts. The butt plate having a slender finial. There are three lock screws, the screwplate being scroll-shaped. The letters H.P. are stamped on the butt


Dimensions: Overall length: 61.7 in (1568 mm), Barrel length: 46 in (1169 mm), Weight: 4.6 Kg


Serial Number None visible


.82 in

Inscriptions and Marks

The name of the maker I. BIKEN is incised at the breech; a barrel forger's mark is stamped on the underside ( a reversed N:C)


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