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Brown Bess 3rd model, flint lock musket: inscribed

Object Number: 
INV.5697
Date: 
1785-1810
Medium: 
Wood, iron, brass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 55 1/4 in. ( 140.3 cm ) Part (barrel): 39 in. (99.1 cm)
Marks: 
stamped: lockplate center: "HENSHAW"; barrel: "GP"; "V" (both below crown); "W" stamped: buttplate tang: "10/E" (sideways E)
Description: 
Wood, iron, and brass flintlock musket; brass furniture; stamped marks at center of lockplate and tang of buttplate; stamped proofs at breech end of barrel.
Gallery Label: 
After its emergence in the 1720's as the first official royal military firearm, the Brown Bess became the standard flintlock infantry musket used by British forces during every conflict of the next century, until its replacement by the percussion musket during the 1830's.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group