Object Title

Percussion muzzle-loading musket - By William Moore?

Percussion muzzle-loading musket - By William Moore?


about 1839

Object Number



Old Tower Collection

Physical Description

The lockplate measures 6 ½ x 1 in. with a wide semi-circular scoop-out space around the nipple, fences being formed at the front and rear of this scoop. The cock is pivoted vertically and is cocked by pushing the rear portion of the lever inwards. The mainspring is extremely strong which makes the otherwise easy motion of the cock awkward. Internally, the upper limb of the mainspring rests against the inside of the lockplate and the swivelled lower limb acts horizontally as does the sear, which is pushed backwards by the trigger bar. The trigger is pivoted from the pin immediately beneath the barrel tang. The sear spring, like the mainspring, has its upper limb against the lockplate and is located ‘inside’ the sear, pressing outwards, or horizontally, against the sear. The entire lock is compact and massively built with a minimum of movement to the several parts. One possible objection is the relatively large amount of wood necessary to be removed to accommodate the mechanism. Stocked to 3 7/16 ins. of the muzzle, the barrel retained by three slides and the upper sling loop screw. The bayonet stud acts as a foresight. The brass ramrod pipes of the style used on the Pattern 1838 Musket, but with the lower barrel shaped pipe fitted as a tailpipe. The rounded brass trigger guard has short finials, with one screw through the rear finial. Lower sling loop through front of bow. Pattern 28138 buttplate. The lockscrew cups are plain brass circular cups. The ramrod channel bed is stamped J. HONNOR, indicating stock manufacture at Enfield. The browned watered iron barrel has a tapering flat extending forward from the tang for almost 6 in., on which is engraved, WILLIAM MOORE, and the left breech bears Georgian Government proof marks, with a Crown stamped between two Crowned GR over Broad Arrow marks. The normal crowned crossed sceptres is omitted. The position normally occupied by the vent at the right breech has a military nipple screwed into it.





BarrelLength39.37 in
BarrelLength1000 mm
OverallLength55 in
OverallLength1396 mm
OverallWeight4.64 kg
OverallWeight10.4 lb


Serial Number None visible


0.76 in

Inscriptions and Marks

Proof mark
Georgian Government Proof marks - Crown over GR (x2) and Crown over Broad Arrow
Left Breech
Ramrod channel bed



he dating of the arm is uncertain, and it may be earlier than 1839. The absence of a spring catch for the bayonet and the use of the GR stamps rather than either MR or VR on an obviously new production barrel suggest an earlier dating. But the use of Pattern 1383 or Brunswick pattern furniture does suggest at least 1836, and as the barrel marks are not ‘regular’ the older stamp may have been considered adequate.The lock is inscribed William More Patent although in fact Moore never took out a patent.