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Gift of Olin Corporation, Winchester Arms Collection
This is a British "Brown Bess" musket, First Model. It is typical of the muskets used in the Revolutionary War. The name "Brown Bess" has been applied to British flintlock muskets since the last of the 18th century. The origin of the name has been lost with the passage of time.
There were four models of the "Brown Bess" musket: 1) The first, introduced c. 1720, continued to 1780-1790. It had a 46-inch barrel and was officially termed the "Long Land Service Musket." 2) The second model appeared gradually during the second quarter of the 18th century. It had a 42-inch barrel and was termed the "Short Land Service Musket". It continued in production to 1797. 3) the Third type was introduced in 1794 by the East India Company and the British Military. It had a 39-inch barrel and was termed the "India Pattern" musket. It was produced until 1815. 4) The last type was the "New Land Musket", and was produced from 1802 until 1840. The "G.R." on the lock plate stands for George Rex (King George).
on lock: JORDAN/1733 G.R. (under crown) (proofmark) [on top of barrel:] (proofmark)/(proofmark) [on upper tang:] (proofmark)/(proofmark) [on left side of barrel:] (proofmark)/(proofmark) [on brass shield pinned on top of wrist of stock:] S (stylized;) W P/6/No 19
A: Musket; B: Ramrod; English long land flintlock musket of unknown caliber. Single-shot muzzleloading smoothbore. One-piece walnut stock in overall good condition with minor denting and chips. Brass trigger guard, buttplate, ramrod pipes, and sideplate. Lock, barrel and trigger bright now overall gray. Brass insert for touch hold bayonet lug. Brass escutcheon top of stock wrist engraved. One-piece hickory ramrod with brass tip. Note from cataloguer: Missing front sling swivel. Possible replaced screw trigger guard tang. Bayonet 1988.8.572 is mounted on piece.
First Model Brown Bess
As of 06-14-2017 this object is on display in the Cody Firearms Museum. If you are making a special trip, please double-check before visiting.