Object Title

Flintlock muzzle-loading musket - Suvorov Style

Flintlock muzzle-loading musket - Suvorov Style

Date

1804

Object Number

XII.2350

Provenance

Transferred from the rotunda

Physical Description

The lockplate is flat with a bevelled edge and slightly stepped tail,and has a round detachable iron pan without a bridle. The plate measures 6.5 by 1 5/16th in. The steel spring finial terminates in a bevelled spear point. The graceful ring-neck cock is flat with a broadly bevellled edge, and has the rear of the body cut for the dog-catch which is screwed in top the lockplate at the rear of the cock. The cock comb is broad and rounded with the tip curled inwards. The jaw screw is slotted only.The toe of the steel is formed into a curl and the tip is rounded, The plate is stamped ahead of the cock with Cyrillic characters for TULA and dated on the bevel beneath 1804.
Stocked to 3.75ins. from the muzzle the barrel retained by the rod pipe pins and the upper sling loop screw. Sheet brass fore-end cap missing.Three heavy brass rod pipes each having trumpet mouth and collars turned, the tail pipe having a spear point finial. Raised moulding along full length of rod channel terminating behind the tail pipe in a diamond-point, as does the raised carving around the lockplate, barrel tang and sideplate. The brass trigger guard has long tapering finials terminating in outlines of the Russian crown.The lower sling loop is held by a screw passing beneath the rear of the trigger guard finial which is reinforced by a screw on either side. The buttplate is thin brass with two bumper screws and two round-head screws holding flat tang which terminates in a crown-like tip.
The Imperial eagle is engraved beneath a crown on the tang. The butt is formed with a long round small and handrail comb which is high and short after the style of the Prussian Model 1740. The flat brass sideplate is nearly straight between the lockscrews with a slight curl at each end to meet the screws. The entire style of the gun is a combination of the straightness of the Prussian features combined with some Scandanavian influence notably in the straightness of the sideplate and the use of the dog-catch on the lock. Heavy iron ramrod.
The full round barrel is heavily made and turned at the breech in the Prussian manner. The bayonet stud is a rectangular block on the left side of the barrel at the muzzle. There are five sunken stamps the breech containing various Cyrillic characters. the most legible of which a a large P. THe foresight is a long low brass blade let in 5 ins. from the muzzle. The backsight consists of a groove cut along the slightly raised front of the barrel tang.
Butt with white paint 6/138 and plastic tag 613 and stamped MA 1002

Dimensions

BarrelLength40.5inches
BarrelLength1028mm
OverallLength1423mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number none visible

Calibre

.76 in

Inscriptions and Marks

None

Associations

Places Russia, Tula

Notes

Ex Woolwich No 6/138. This was the style of musket in use in the Russian service during the last half of the 18th century and was superseded by the first of a series of officially designated models in 1805 all of which reflect French rather than German or Scandanavian influence.