~ Tower 1857 Dated Sergeants Percussion Musket 1853 Pattern ~
The lock plate is stamped ‘VR’ beneath the crown and ‘1857 Tower’ and a pair of proof marks, one with a crown above broad arrow and another one with the crown above 21.
The musket bears a great number of proof marks and stamps.
The left side of the barrel bears seven proof marks and is stamped ‘S. Ben’.
The top of the barrel is stamped with a proof mark, ‘89’ and bears marks of the rear sight alignment.
In front of the rear sight is stamped the serial number ‘401’.
The two bands are proof marked as well.
The carbine is fitted with a fixed rear sight and a front sight.
The original rod specially shaped at the top to help loading the ‘Minie’ bullet is present.
The carbine half cocks, cocks and fires.
~ Dimensions ~
The barrel length is 31.75 inches (80.5 cm) and the overall length of the carbine is 48 inches (122 cm).
It weighs 3.2 Kg.
~ Condition ~
The carbine is in overall very good used condition.
The stock has a period crack towards the front end of the barrel.
The metalwork is rust free preserving its original bluing.
The hammer and lock plate are excellent.
Both bands have minor dents.
The trigger is getting stuck some times and requires a bit of attention.
~ Postage ~
UK postage is £23 or it can be collected from our shop in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.