British officer's Fusil, flint lock musket: inscribed

British officer's Fusil, flint lock musket: inscribed
British officer's Fusil, flint lock musket: inscribed
Title
British officer's Fusil, flint lock musket: inscribed
Date 
1765-1780
Medium 
Wood, iron, brass
Dimensions 
barrel length: 36 3/8 in. ( 92.4 cm ) Overall: 52 in. ( 132.1 cm )
Description 
Wood, iron, and brass flintlock fusil; brass furniture with three flowers atop name engraved inside scroll on escutcheon plate; bayonet lug at muzzle; stamped mark at tail of lockplate; stamped proofs at breech end of barrel; incised name inside ramrod channel.
Credit Line 
Gift of Helen A. Collingwood
Object Number 
1936.425a
Marks 
stamped: lockplate tail: "TOWER" (Tower of London arsenal); barrel: "GR" (crown above mark and arrow below; Royal Armory barrel proof) incised: ramrod channel: "TUCKER EL VI" (these are the initials of the stock maker, and the assembly number) engraved: escutcheon plate: "I. McCOMB" (inside scroll)
Gallery Label 
During the French and Indian War, officers in both armies began to replace the polearms that they had traditionally carried with fusils. Fusils were shortened muskets that were privately made for officers, as opposed to the longer government-owned muskets that were issued to enlisted men, and by the 1770's had replaced polearms as the British officer's personal weapon. This fusil was used by the donor's great-great grandfather, Issac McComb, at the Battle of Princeton on January 2, 1777.
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Creative: Tronvig Group