Flint lock musket, 20 Model Brown Bess; field repair, original length

Flint lock musket, 20 Model Brown Bess; field repair, original length
Flint lock musket, 20 Model Brown Bess; field repair, original length
Flint lock musket, 20 Model Brown Bess; field repair, original length
Title
Flint lock musket, 20 Model Brown Bess; field repair, original length
Date 
1765-1775
Medium 
Wood, iron, brass
Dimensions 
barrel length: 42 in. ( 106.7 cm ) Overall: 57 7/8 in. ( 147 cm )
Description 
Wood, iron, and brass flintlock musket; brass furniture; trumpet-head iron ramrod; stamped marks at center and tail of lockplate and at breech end of barrel; incised letters on left side of buttstock, and engraved mark on escutcheon plate.
Credit Line 
Bequest of Richard H. Gosman
Object Number 
1946.315
Marks 
stamped: lockplate center: "R" (probably GR; below crown); tail: "J..." stamped: barrel breech: ".../IV" ; also crown above illegible mark. incised: left buttstock: "G x D B" engraved: escutcheon plate: "D/VI"
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. According to accession records, the ramrod was made in 1952 by restorer George Bruchiss.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group