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Musket - Belgium, Percussion, early 19th century Reg. No: ST 021829
- Percussion musket, cal. .671, steel smooth bore part octagonal part round imitation damascus barrel, 84.80cm long. African trade musket, made in Belgium, first half of nineteenth century.
- Steel back-action side lock and hammer on R.H. side, lightly engraved with foliate scrolls, brass oval triggerguard with small front spur, short plain extensions, lightly engraved with foliate scrolls, no sideplate and brass butt plate. Flat bladed front sight, and no rear sight, tang bolt aligned with barrel to act as rear sight, barrel secured by barrel pin, two nickel silver ramrod tubes with brass ramrod guide at foreend of stock, wooden ramrod with tip missing. Blackened wooden half stock, elaborately carved on underside in the figure of a lion devouring another animal, both with inlaid glass eyes. Both animals and ramrod coloured red.
- Acquisition Information:
- Donation from Mr William Cole, 1943
|Dimensions:||18.00 cm (Height), 4.20 cm (Width), 125.00 cm (Length)|
|Dimension Comment:||Barrel length: 84.80cm|
|Tagged with:||rifles muskets belgian, grown|
|Themes this item is part of:||Arms Collection, William Cole Arms Collection, William Edwin James Cole, Gun Collector (1864-1952)|
|Primary Classification:||ARMS & ARMOUR|
|Inscriptions:||Stamped on R.H. side of barrel at breech end with possible Belgian proof and inspection mark.
Crude stampings on barrel R.H.side at breech may be Belgian proof and inspection mark. Upper character appears to be *L, suggesting early proofmarks of Liege.
|Place & Date Made:||Liège, Belgium, 1800-1850|
|Collector:||Mr William Cole, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|