Object Title

Percussion muzzle-loading musket - By Wilkinson and Son

Percussion muzzle-loading musket - By Wilkinson and Son

Date

about 1836

Object Number

XII.297

Provenance

Old Tower Collection

Physical Description

Pattern musket by Wilkinson & Son. The lock-plate is flat and flush with wood, and of the pattern introduced by Charles Moore in 1827, subsequently known as the ‘Westley Richards’ or the ‘wood-bar’ lock, in which the plate is completely surrounded by wood, thereby rendering it theoretically secure from moisture. Large rounded cock with deeply notched nose. Plate engraved ahead of the cock, WILKINSON & SON. The plate hooks into an internal screw at the front. The cock has a bun-nut tumbler screw. Stocked to 4 3/8 in. of the muzzle, the barrel retained by three slides. The fore-end cap is fitted with the Hanoverian spring catch for the bayonet. Three brass ramrod pipes of India pattern. There is a single lock screw with circular brass cup. Rounded brass trigger guard with short finials pinned through the front with one screw through the rear. Lower sling loop through the front bow. The rounded brass butt-plate with plain rounded tang. The button-head ramrod has a squared off body for several inches below the head, presumably to afford a better grip when screwing into a lead ball into remove it, or in using a cleaning jag. This and the pattern of the lock and nipple seat are the salient features of this well-finished musket. The full-round browned barrel is fitted with a break-off breech, and made with a nipple seat which is virtually a large ball with a section flattened for the nipple, and the right side is fitted with a square-shanked cleanout screw. Left side of the breech is stamped with commercial Birmingham proof-marks. Blade on block foresight, with the standing breech made slightly higher than the barrel and cut with a rounded groove to act as back-sight.

Techniques

Engraved

Materials

Dimensions

BarrelLength36.1 in.
BarrelLength918 mm
OverallLength52.8 in.
OverallLength1340 mm
OverallWeight4.4 kg
OverallWeight9.6 lb

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number None visible

Calibre

0.76 in

Inscriptions and Marks

Proof marks
Two Crown over crossed sceptres.
Barrel
Stamped
Maker
WILKINSON & SON, PALL MALL, LONDON.
Barrel
Engraved
Maker
WILKINSON & SON
Plate ahead of the cock
Engraved

Associations

Notes

This design is identical to that of Wilkinson’s double-barrelled carbines which were made up in 1836 and sent to Ireland for consideration, see XII.2146 and HLB-BMF.