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Musket - Brown Bess, 2nd Model, England, late 18th century Object Reg. No: ST 021813

Flintlock British service musket, 2nd model Brown Bess (Short or New Land pattern), cal. 9 bore (.800 - model often cited as .75 calibre; the enlarged dimension may be the result of wear), steel smooth bore round barrel, 106.80cm long. Made in England circa second half of the eighteenth century.
Steel side lock and swan-necked hammer on R.H. side, oval brass triggerguard with finial extensions, brass sideplate and butt plate. Block front sight, and no rear sight, barrel secured by barrel pins, four brass ramrod tubes, steel ramrod. Sling swivels missing. Wooden stock extends to approximately 11.50cm from muzzle, damage to underside of butt.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr William Cole, 1943
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 21.20 cm (Height), 7.50 cm (Width), 147.30 cm (Length)
Dimension Comment: Barrel length: 106.80cm

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Tagged with: rifles muskets british, rifles muskets military
Themes this item is part of: William Cole Arms Collection, Arms Collection, William Edwin James Cole, Gun Collector (1864-1952)
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: ARMS & ARMOUR
Secondary Classification: Firearms
Tertiary Classification: longarms
Inscriptions: Stamped under stock forrward of triggerguard: CXII
Burnt into L.H.side of butt: SHELBURNE/ Y
Lockplate stamped: TOWER
Lockplate stamped with the royal cypher of a crown over 'GR'
Lockplate stamped with ordnance broad arrow
Barrel stamped on top with British proofmarks
Model Name/Number: 2nd Model Brown Bess (Short or New Land Pattern)
Place & Date Made: England, Great Britain, 1750-1800
Collector: Mr William Cole, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Keith H. Burgess. Posted on 13 Aug 2013 8:32 PM
There is NO swan neck hammer on this musket, that is the cock. The hammer is the part that the flint strikes, also known as a steel.

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