A Very Rare Antique French & Indian War - Revolutionary War Period British Royal Navy Sea Service Flintlock Ship's Musket by EDGE, 1760
A Very Rare Antique French & Indian War - Revolutionary War Period British Royal Navy Sea Service Flintlock Ship's Musket made by contractor to the Tower of London "EDGE", dated "1760". 32.5", .75 caliber smooth-bore round barrel has a thick dark rust age patina and struck with early Tower PROOFS on the top of the breech. Early British 1718 pattern flat Sea Service lock marked "EDGE" over the date "1760", a "CROWN" over "GR" (see photos). Standard Sea Service pattern brass furniture which retains a lovely yellow color age patina. The long gun is in its original flintlock configuration. Older replacement wood ram rod. The classic form stock is missing a sliver from the upper left edge of the fore-end at the muzzle, otherwise, solid with scratches and dings from years of service and handling. 48.5" overall length. In good mechanical working order. A great looking musket !
NOTE: The cock and frizzen are professionally made replacements (the originals were broken in half, possibly broken off when surrendered ?). Many of these early Sea Service muskets started out with 46" barrels and over time reduced in length because of how cumbersome they were when being used on the ships.
Consignment - JF 2019