An Interesting Revolutionary War Period British or American Military Officer's Fusil or Militia Musket
An Interesting Revolutionary War Period British or American Military Officer's Fusil or Militia Musket, circa. late 1770's - early 1780's. 40.5", .69 caliber smooth-bore steel barrel with top mounted bayonet lug and no visible proof marks on the breech. All brass furniture is of a British military 2nd model Short Land Pattern Brown Bess musket but in slightly smaller dimensions. The musket is in its original flintlock configuration. The original convex lock was replaced at a later date during the period of use with a flat lock marked "JOHN WALKER" over "WARRANTED". It is very possible that this musket was re-stocked and assembled in the American colonies especially since there is no brass nose cap. The stock is solid with a period modified comb, a few nicks, dings and scratches from years of service. The stock retains the original varnish. The musket had sling swivels at one point and were removed later. Correct steel button head ramrod. A good musket that has stories to tell !
Note: British soldiers were forbidden to alter or personalize weapons issued by the Tower of London arsenal because after the conflict was over, the weapons would be returned.
ABOUT THE LOCK MAKER: There are several John Walkers listed. It is possible that it could be:
John Walker, Rockridge County, Virginia, c. 1794-1796.
John Walker, Lancaster Borough, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, c. 1802-1807.
John Walker, Darlington, Great Britain, c. 1826-1828.