Object Title

Flintlock muzzle-loading military blunderbuss - Pattern 1781 Burgoyne's Musketoon

Flintlock muzzle-loading military blunderbuss - Pattern 1781 Burgoyne's Musketoon

Date

about 1781

Object Number

XII.284

Provenance

Old Tower Collection. This blunderbuss was designed for the 23 rd Light Dragoons when the regiment was raised by Sir John Burgoyne in 1781

Physical Description

Steel barrel with elliptical muzzle and browned finish. It is held to the fore-end by two slides. The lock with flat lock-plate and swan-necked cock is engraved with Royal cypher and TOWER. Stock with standard brass mounts except for a large screw-plate. A runner-bar has originally been fitted but this has been removed and the cut-outs for the forward fixing filled in. Ramrod of Elliott type with securing groove.

Materials

Dimensions

BarrelLength16in.
BarrelLength407mm
OverallLength31.4in.
OverallLength798mm
OverallWeight2.3kg
OverallWeight5.1lb

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number None Visible visible

Calibre

25 x 36.5 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

Royal Cypher
Crown over crossed sceptres.
Lock-plate
Engraved
Inscription
TOWER.
Lock-plate
Engraved

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