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Flint-lock rifle w/ bayonet mounted on wood plaque

Flint-lock rifle w/ bayonet mounted on wood plaque
Title
Flint-lock rifle w/ bayonet mounted on wood plaque
Date 
1765-1775
Medium 
Wood, iron, brass
Dimensions 
Overall: 58 in. ( 147.3 cm ) barrel length: 41 7/8 in. ( 106.4 cm ) Part (bayonet length): 8 3/8 x 7/16 x 1 3/16 in. (
Description 
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.
Credit Line 
Gift of Mrs. William R. Tarbox
Object Number 
1952.359ab
Marks 
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: "XVII" (probably indicates 17th British regiment) stamped: bayonet face: "40" (crown above #); "JOHN GILL"; "WW"; collar: "243"
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. 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.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group