A Very Interesting Revolutionary War Period British 2nd Model Brown Bess Flintlock Service Musket with Boyonet
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A Good Antique Revolutionary War Period British 2nd Model Brown Bess Flintlock Service Musket, circa. 1777-1780. 41.5", .75 cal. barrel (originally issued as 42" and reduced from hard use). The barrel proof marks have been intentionally removed (most likely removed because the musket was captured by the Americans). The lock is marked "TOWER" on the tail and has the remnants of the "CROWN" over "GR" (intentionally removed by the Americans). The musket is in its original flintlock configuration. All standard regulation 2nd Model pattern brass furniture. All steel parts have areas of salt & pepper pitting from rust. The stock has the British Arsenal Ordnance stamp on the right side of the comb and some unidentified roman numerals ? Overall the stock is solid but is missing some upper edge slivers from both sides of the fore-end (nothing major), scratches and dings from years of service. A great Historical Brown Bess Musket from the Revolutionary War !
NOTE; the musket comes with a correct antique bayonet that fits very well. The bayonet is marked with an inspectors mark a "CROWN" over "19", and made by "JOHN GILL".
There is a slight gap noticeable on the underside edge of the lock because there is a stress crack that runs trough the lock mortise area that can only be seen when the lock is removed. There are a few small diameter wood dowel inserts to the stock where the pins are inserted to hold the barrel down. (This was a common practice during the period to strengthen those areas so the pins would stay in position when the wood became eroded).
The stock has brass furniture tacks located at the top of butt plate, top and bottom of the wrist escutcheon, and at the tail of the side plate. These tacks may have been added during or after the war by being in the hands of a Native American !
Marking Removal: It is widely known that a great majority of the American Colonists hated King George III and defaced anything with his name. Many captured weapons had the markings removed because of the hatred of King George III but also did not want to be caught with British Government owned property (the punishment was severe, even death !).