Object Title

Percussion muzzle-loading musket - By Westley Richards

Percussion muzzle-loading musket - By Westley Richards

Date

about 1836

Object Number

XII.309

Provenance

Old Tower Collection

Physical Description

William Westley Richards patent No. 7041 of March 22nd 1836 refers. The lock-plate is slightly rounded, with a tit at the rear, and is neatly converted from flintlock, with the holes being filled up. A flat cock with bevelled edges has been fitted, which has a broad flat shield on the forward edge of the nose, but not the usual enclosed shield. The plate is engraved ahead of the cock, WESTLEY RICHARDS. Stocked to 1 ½ in. of the muzzle, no bayonet stud or foresight; this may indicate a cut-down barrel. Brass furniture of India Pattern throughout, the stock of New Land Pattern. The combination of styles clearly indicate a specially constructed weapon, not an altered arm. The breech has a nipple seat welded on, which is basically a drum type with a flash guard built in round the rear and right sides, and a large clean-out screw which is both slotted for a turn screw and made with a square for a spanner, on the outer side. The nipple is short and rounded at the top, with a small aperture, the diameter being about that for the musket-cap. The cock does not quite rest on the nipple.

Materials

Dimensions

BarrelLength40.5 in.
BarrelLength1029 mm
OverallLength56.8 in.
OverallLength1441 mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number none

Calibre

0.69 in

Inscriptions and Marks

Name of maker
WESTLEY RICHARDS.
Plate ahead of the cock
Engraved

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