Object Title

Flintlock muzzle-loading musket - By Joseph Egg

Flintlock muzzle-loading musket - By Joseph Egg


about 1816

Object Number



Old Tower Collection

Physical Description

The lockplate is flat with a rounded outline to the tail. The cock is flat, ring-neck and has a bevelled edge. The top jaw and screw are missing. The inner surface of the pan cover is slightly raised to fit over the circular pan, and the pan itself is a bowl shape with no fence, the plate being cut away around it. The section of breech alongside the lock is made flat, and the vertically acting vent cover has a tapered hole corresponding with the vent drilled through it. And a shelf formed above this hole. In the primed position the steel is down upon the pan and the inner edge covers the slide just over the shelf; the hole is cut out of alignment with the barrel vent, and a seal is thus affected. The action of the cock’s falling in firing throws the circular bowl of the slide upwards and brings the hole in it even with the vent. One of the most interesting features is the distance between the circular bowl of the pan and the outer surface of the slide, much less to the vent and the powder in the breech of the barrel: the external distance alone is ¼ in and the edge of the pan is unbroken so that ignition depends entirely upon the flash bridging this gap. All other furniture and characteristics are New Land. The stock is unmarked. The full round browned barrel which is shorter than the normal New Land Pattern has the usual bayonet stud as a foresight. This is a specially constructed, heavy barrel, with the breech made thicker than standard to allow for the fitting of the sliding vent cover which operates in a vertical dovetail in the side of the barrel.





BarrelLength39.76 in.
BarrelLength1010 mm
OverallLength55.75 in.
OverallLength1416 mm
OverallWeight4.39 kg
OverallWeight9.11 lb


Serial Number None visible


0.78 in

Inscriptions and Marks

Proof mark
Commercial London Proof Marks - Crown over GP
Left Breech
Stamped (deeply)
View mark
Crown over V
Left Breech
Ahead of the cock



This musket underwent rigorous trails without any misfires. Subsequently 25 New Land and 25 India Pattern Muskets were converted for further trails, but because they did not have the specially heavy breech metal of Egg’s original, several of them burst in proof and the project was abandoned. (HLB, BMF 155)