A Very Rare Antique French & Indian War - Revolutionary War Period British 1st Model Long Land Pattern Contract Brown Bess Flintlock Ship's Musket by R WATKIN
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A Very Rare Antique French & Indian War - Revolutionary War Period British 1st Model Long Land Pattern Contract Brown Bess Flintlock Ship's Musket made by contractor to the Tower of London "R WATKIN", circa. 1720-1740's. 38", .75 caliber smooth-bore round barrel has a wonderful dark age patina and struck with early private PROOFS on the top left side of the breech and engraved "No. 11" on the top. Early British banana shaped lock maker engraved "R WATKIN" (see photos). All brass furniture includes pattern 1st model Brown Bess side plate, butt plate, wrist escutcheon, ram rod pipes and, a private pattern trigger guard 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 has a stress crack located on the underside of stock on the left side of the trigger guard, otherwise, is solid with wonderful original varnish, scratches and dings from years of service and handling. 54.5" overall length. In good mechanical working order. A great looking musket !
NOTE: The majority of these 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