Object Title

Percussion muzzle-loading musket - India Pattern

Percussion muzzle-loading musket - India Pattern

Date

about 1832

Object Number

XII.706

Provenance

Old Tower Collection

Physical Description

The standard lockplate bears the usual TOWER stamped across the tail, and in addition, HAYWARD. The tubular iron pellet magazine is held in position parallel to the barrel and ahead of the operating mechanism by a loop which is screwed to the lockplate beneath it. The pellets are pushed by spring action into a cavity on the front face of the priming arm. This arm is pivoted at two points, on its front and bottom, or, on this right arm and apex of its V-form the forward pivot of the arm sides over a stud, and the arm actually hinges on this point. The forward edge of the body of the cock is made with a projecting stud which engages in a slot on the apex of the priming arm, and this causes the direct action of the primer arm. As the cock is raised the arm is raised, and when the cavity containing the pellet come opposite the cup-shaped opening of the tiny pan, the pellet drops into the pan where it is crushed and ignited by the rounded nose of the cock. As the cock falls the priming arm is drawn down again and another pellet is pushed into the cavity in the arm. The triangular shaped plate with the large screw is in fact no more than a dust cover for the arm.

Techniques

Stamped

Materials

Dimensions

BarrelLength39.37 in
BarrelLength1000 mm
OverallLength55.25 in
OverallLength1402 mm
OverallWeight4.42 kg
OverallWeight9.12 lb

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number None visible

Calibre

0.76 in

Inscriptions and Marks

?
6 or 9
Right Breech
Stamped
?
Crown over 12
Barrel (end closest to butt)
Stamped
?
Crown over 41
Right Breech
Stamped
Proof mark
Crown over GP over Broad Arrow
Left Breech
Stamped
Proof mark
Crown over crossed sabres
Left Breech
Stamped
?
D+B
Left of Breech
Stamped
Patent
HAYWARD
Lockplate tail
Stamped
Maker
TOWER
Lockplate tail
Stamped

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