Object Title

Percussion musket

Percussion musket

Date

1831-1870

Object Number

XXVIF.154

Provenance

Transferred from the Rotunda Museum of Artillery, 1979.

Physical Description

The lock plate and hammer are engraved. The lock is designed to look like a drum and nipple conversion with a flash shield and the residue of a frizzen bridle but the latter has never been slotted for a frizzen and there has never been a pivot screw. Screwed to the lockplate in the frizzen position is a small rectangular box with a sliding lid that may have been to hold percussion caps. The trigger guard is missing. The stock has lost most of its decorative inlay, while the sideplate and the butt mounts are also missing. The barrel is now covered with black paint but shows extensive chiseling around the breech and muzzel with longitudinal carved ribs connecting the two.

Dimensions

BarrelLength1051mm

Calibre

16 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped MA 2589 and painted 17/28.

Associations

Places India

Bibliographic References

Official Catalogue of the Museum of Artillery in the Rotunda, Woolwich, London, 1873 p. 142, MA 2389.

Official Catalogue of the Museum of Artillery in the Rotunda, Woolwich, London, 1906, p. 155, no. 17/28.

Catalogue of the Museum of Artillery in the Rotunda at Woolwich, London, 1963, Vol II p. 62, no. 17/28

Notes

This appears to have been a very high quality gun that has been stripped of its decoration. The design of the lock, with a swivel to the tumbler suggest it may be European.