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Cody Firearms Museum

Makers
British 23 Jordan, England 2
Descriptions
walnut 486 brass 1442 trigger 354 metal 3340 plain 345
Names
firearm 4093
Use
musket 82
Date:
ca. 1740
Dimensions:
L: 61.875 in, Barrel length: 46 in, H: 6 in, ramrod length: 42.5 in
Credit Line:
Gift of Olin Corporation, Winchester Arms Collection
Gloss:
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).
Inscription:
LOCKPLATE: JORDAN/1740 CROWN OVER G.R.
Remarks:
A: Flintlock; B: Ramrod
Model:
First Model Brown Bess
Accession Number:
1988.8.569

As of 06-14-2017 this object is on display in the Cody Firearms Museum.
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