Flint-lock rifle w/ bayonet mounted on wood plaque

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Wood, iron, brass
Overall: 58 in. ( 147.3 cm ) Part (bayonet): 8 3/8 × 7/16 × 1 3/16 in. (21.3 × 1.1 × 3 cm) Part (barrel): 41 7/8 i
stamped: tail of lockplate: "TOWER" (indicates that the musket was stored in the Tower of London arsenal) stamped: center of lockplate: "GR" (crown above mark; royal cypher of the Hanoverian line) engraved: side plate; "R" incised: right butt stock: "X
Wood, iron, and brass flintlock musket; brass furniture, button-head iron ramrod; stamped marks at center and tail of lockplate; engraved letter on sideplate and incised number on right side of buttstock; angular iron bayonet with deep back flutes.
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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. The incised number on the buttstock was probably carved by a soldier in the 17th British regiment, which in 1778 or 1779 was stationed at a military camp on the Dyckman farm in Washington Heights, Manhattan.
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Gift of Mrs. William R. Tarbox
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group