Object Title

Flintlock muzzle-loading musket - Light Infantry and Constabulary Model

Flintlock muzzle-loading musket - Light Infantry and Constabulary Model

Date

1785-1795

Object Number

XII.2365

Provenance

Formerly Class XXIV.629 (1938-1971, Student Collection). Formerly IWM No.19,742 (When temporarily stored from about 1927 to 1938, a possible transfer was being considered under the Cottesloe Committee criteria.). Formerly in the museum of artillery collection, the Rotunda. 1874 cat No.992. 1856 cat No.VI/128. Transferred via the Cottesloe committee, 1927.

Physical Description

Spanish Light Infantry and Constabulary musket. The miquelet lock has a small lockplate composed of just sufficient surface to mount the parts. The steel is short, almost square, with serrated lines vertically along its face. The pan is long and narrow. The mainspring acts as a support for the small steel spring which is concealed beneath the pan. The cock operates in the usual manner with a horizontally acting sear through the lockplate. The jaws are long and rectangular and retain what appears to be the original lead apron holding the flint. There are no markings.
Stocked to 3 3/8ins. of the muzzle the barrel retained by three flat thin bands held by friction only; the lower band a recent replacement. The lower edges of the two uppermost bands extend well backwards in a loop to guide the ramrod. The steel ramrod is thin with a broad trumpet head. Brass scroll work trigger guard with a bell shaped front finial and plain pointed rear finial, held by a crude screw through each finial. Catalan style of butt with a short brass heelplate and tang, the parallel sides of the tang being pinched in at the tip and the heelplate terminating in a flower bud. Flat brass sideplate formed as two opposing curls between the lock-screws. There are no provisions for sling loops and there is no trigger plate. The butt is stamped MA 992 and two plastic tags are numbered 629 and 742 and in white paint is 6 over 128..
The bright-finished barrel is octagonal for 8 ins. from the breech gradually tapering to round to the muzzle. The long flat tang is secured by a screw from the underside this being the front trigger guard screw. The left flat of the breech has a sunken stamp which reads TENA (?) and the top is poorly struck with a crowned G and on the right flat is a B(?). The bayonet stud acts as the fore sight and there is no backsight

Dimensions

BarrelLength43.5inches
BarrelLength1105mm
OverallLength1483mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number none visible

Calibre

0.72 in

Inscriptions and Marks

None

Associations

Places Spain

Notes

The catalogue of the Spanish Artillery Museum in Madrid, Vol.II shows this musket No.1972 and states that it was used by local police and light troops ca. 1792 and it is therefore from the reign of Charles IV. The first regulation Spanish musket given a distinct model deignation is that of Model.1778 and this musket was made during the reign of Charles III which began in 1759 but before 1778. Due to the absence of sling loops, the Catalan butt, scroll guard and very light construction this may be a militia or light infantry arm.