~ Original British East India Company P-1771 Brown Bess Flintlock Musket 1796-1800 Muzzleloader by Mortimer ~
The musket is made of a varnished hardwood with polished brass fittings and a steel barrel and
This Brown Bess musket is the East India Company Pattern of 1771 featuring a 39 inch barrel.
The British Government adopted the 39 inch barrel (reduced in length from the 42 inch Short Land Pattern) in 1796. This is why these muskets are commonly referred to as "The Brown Bess India Pattern of 1796" or the Brown Bess 3rd model.
The flintlock lock plate was made in England for the East India Company and still retains English maker markings.
One side of the barrel is marked 'JPRIEXRY 2626' and the other side is marked '95 K17 6 39 187'.
The musket is very clearly marked with the EIC stamp, the makers mark 'SOUTHALL' and '4'.
The lock shows the East India Company heart symbol across the lock tail and '6 71'.
~ Dimensions ~
The barrel length is 38 inches (97cm) and the overall length of the musket is 54 inches (137cm).
~ Condition ~
The woodwork is good with some chips and usage.
The barrel has developed some pitting but everything is in good order.
The brass fittings show some signs of usage but the item has aged well.
~ Postage ~
UK postage is £25 or it can be collected from our shop in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
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