Object Title

Matchlock muzzle-loading musket - By Biken

Matchlock muzzle-loading musket - By Biken

Date

1690

Object Number

XII.10399

Physical Description

This form represents the last of the English military matchlock muskets, with iron furniture and club-shaped butt, Its mechanism, mounted on a flintlock-style lockplate, was described historically as a 'tricker (or trigger) lock'. In contrast to the more accurate snap-matchlock, pulling the trigger compresses a spring and moves the serpentine toward the pan. England was reliant upon imported weapons and barrels until the early 18th century, and the barrel of this example is marked for the Dutch maker Jean Biken aka Bicken. See various other examples including XII.38, believed to be the Sealed Pattern arm

Dimensions

BarrelLength45.87inches
BarrelLength1165mm
OverallLength1555mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number none visible

Calibre

0.79 in

Associations

Places England