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Musket - Belgium, Percussion, early 19th century Object 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
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 18.00 cm (Height), 4.20 cm (Width), 125.00 cm (Length)
Dimension Comment: Barrel length: 84.80cm

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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
Secondary Classification: Firearms
Tertiary Classification: longarms
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


phil winter Posted on 31 May 2010 7:43 AM
I nead help. I have an old flint-lock rifle that I would like to find more about . the barrel is 51" long - It has a Belgim stambing on the top + severle other crest's stamped on the barrel. I have fired it one time. I had to rebuild because the gun went thru a fire . Can you tell me what it is & what it may be worth ? I was told that it was a "trades-man" gun that was used to trade to the Indian's for a stack of hides about the same hieght as the gun. They were originally made in England, but due to the demand they went to Belgim to build .. Am I right ? Please Help ---- PHIL
Discovery Centre Posted on 31 May 2010 3:09 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Phil. It's very hard for us to give an identification based on description without seeing what the stamps & crests are. It is best that you contact an expert in antique arms in your area to inspect the rifle in person. As indicated below Museum Victoria does not give values for objects.
Al Chambers Posted on 02 Jun 2011 12:14 PM
I have seen identical guns in Sears, Roebuck catalogs from the 1880s and 1890s, right down to the odd carving on the belly of the buttstocks. Going price at the time was under $7.00, if I recall correctly.

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