Object Title

Matchlock muzzle-loading military musket - William III Pattern

Matchlock muzzle-loading military musket - William III Pattern

Date

about1690

Object Number

XII.23

Provenance

Old Tower Collection

Physical Description

Similar to XII, 22. Barrel octagonal at the breech altering to round section and flaring slightly at the muzzle. With poorly struck mark rather like a crescent, probably CF as on XII.22 although the forger is different. There is a foresight but no backsight. Lock with convex lockplate resembling a flintlock in outline. The pan is mounted on the lockplate and is fitted with a flashguard and a large pivoted pan-cover. The mechanism is operated by a normal pivoted trigger the scear spring being fitted above the scear. Stock with French type shoulder-butt with steel mounts. The butt plate having a slender finial. There are three lock screws, the screwplate being scroll-shaped. With one ramrod pipe. The butt is slightly bellied.

Techniques

Stamped

Materials

Dimensions

BarrelLength46.3 in.
BarrelLength1176 mm
OverallLength61.5 in.
OverallLength1566 mm
OverallWeight4.7 kg
OverallWeight10.3 lb oz

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number None visible

Calibre

0.79 in

Inscriptions and Marks

Maker's mark
CF [Cresent shape]
Breech
Stamped

Associations

Notes

The trigger guard and ramrod are missing.