Object Title

Percussion muzzle-loading military rifle-musket - Pattern 1853

Percussion muzzle-loading military rifle-musket - Pattern 1853



Object Number



Formerly Class XII.781 (1909-1916, The 1909 Dillon inventory system). Formerly Class XII.965 (1857-1909, The Old War Office inventory system otherwise known as the Hewitt system.). Originally registered in July 1897. Transferred from RSAF Enfield in 1891 as part of a collection of Sealed Pattern Arms. (Enfield list no.68)

Physical Description

Butt stamped PTT 53 LONG/ML577 Fitted with bayonet X.115. NOTE - this is NOT the gun referred to in the notes as being one of the first three interchangebale guns produced - it does not have the correct date on the lock (should be 1856) and it is not stamped with the number 68 on the stock to the rear of the trigger guard tang -(PGS 13/7/07)


BarrelLength38.98 inches
BarrelLength990 mm
OverallLength1399 mm


Serial Number None visible


0.57 in


Places England

Bibliographic References

C ffoulkes, Inventory and Survey of the Armouries of the Tower of London, London, 1916, vol.II, p.376


Described in the 1891 Enfield transfer list as:Enfield percussion rifle patt/53 with bayonet, this is one of the first three Interchangeable rifles made here (Enfield). 'Enfield 1856' on lockplate.
Also recorded in the blue inventories as being used in the Ordnance factory at Kikee, India, foor testing ammunition in 1925. (this is doubtful considering the dates)