Object Title

Flintlock muzzle-loading musket - Pattern 1744 Dragoon

Flintlock muzzle-loading musket - Pattern 1744 Dragoon

Date

dated 1747

Object Number

XII.1870

Provenance

Old Tower Collection Transferred from the Imperial War Museum (no.16886), September 1938. Transferred to the Imperial War Museum from the Tower of London, 1928

Physical Description

Dragoon Carbine, or Short Land Pattern Musket with Wooden Ramrod. The lockplate is rounded and has the 'banana' shape, with a pronounced tit at the rear, and has border lines engraved on the plate and the rounded swan-neck cock. Rounded integral pan with bridle, the steel spring has a trefoil finial. Plate engraved across tail, Ransford 1747 and ahead of cock Crowned GR. Stocked to 4 in. of the muzzle, the barrel retained by three pins and upper sling loop screw. Bayonet stud acts as foresight. Four barrel shaped brass rod pipes, wooden rod with brass collar at head. All brass furniture of the pattern known as Land Pattern including sideplate, triggerguard , escutcheon on small buttplate. No fore-end cap, this example probably having been shortened from a Long Land Pattern musket. Curled trigger and handrail butt are also of typical form. The full round barrel is baluster turned at the breech, and is stamped with two identical marks which look like a bee's wings. This mark is repeated on the lockplate where normally the Crowned Broad Arrow would appear, and also on the barrel tang. There are no other external markings on the barrel.

Techniques

Engraved

Materials

Dimensions

BarrelLength42 in.
BarrelLength1065 mm
OverallLength57.7 in.
OverallLength1467 mm
WeightWeight4.3 kg
WeightWeight9.4 lb oz

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number None visible

Calibre

0.79 in

Inscriptions and Marks

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Bee's wing's
Barrel
Stamp
Royal cipher
Crown over GR
Lock plate
Engrave
Manufactures mark and date
RANSFORD 1747
Tail of plate
Engraving
?
Repeated Bee's wing mark where there would normally be the Crowned Broad Arrow
Lock Plate
Stamp

Associations

Notes

Michael Ransford, Castleyard, Dublin. Working 1739 died 1757.