Object Title

Flintlock muzzle-loading musket - By Westley Richards

Flintlock muzzle-loading musket - By Westley Richards

Date

1835

Object Number

XII.1288

Provenance

From the Norton Hall Collection. Presented by the National Art-Collections Fund, 1942. Formerly in the collection of Beriah Botfield (1807-1863) at Norton Hall, Northamptonshire. Norton Hall was acquired by Beriah Botfield's grandfather, Thomas Botfield (who died in 1801), who had acquired it from the descendants of Nicholas Breton for the sum of £37,000. His son Beriah Botfield restored Norton Hall to its former glories. Tthis collection would appear to have been formed in the 1840's. The collection was finally purchased for the nation from Lady Beatrice Thynne on the occasion of her death. The full sum paid for the collection, some 556 objects or so, would appear to have been £2,650 and the purchase was negotiated with Lady Weymouth who was acting attorney for Lord Weymouth (who was away on active service), who was tenant - for - life of the property ( the collection had been settled on Lord Weymouth for life by Lady Thynne.).

Dimensions

BarrelLength38.23 inches
BarrelLength971 mm
OverallLength1403 mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number None Visible visible

Calibre

0.75 in

Associations

Places Britain

Notes

This musket resembles in many of its features the Light Infantry model of the New Land Service musket. From its high finish it must however have been made to private order.