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Flint-lock Tower musket w/ bayonet and sling British Brown Bess, 3rd Model Bruce Bazelon, 1988

Object Number: 
X.150ab
Date: 
1750-1764
Medium: 
Wood, iron, brass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 52 1/2 in. ( 133.4 cm ) Part (bayonet length): 8 7/16 in. (21.4 cm) Part (barrel): 36 5/8 in. (93 cm)
Marks: 
stamped: barrel breech: "crown/GR/arrow"; two crossed scepters below crown; also crown over illegible mark; (Royal Armory barrel proofs) stamped: lockplate tail: "TOWER"; center: "GR" (below crown); "I. GILL" (to left of GR; this name also has above it a
Description: 
Wood, iron, and brass flintlock musket; brass furniture; stamped marks at center and tail of lockplate, buttplate tang, and on bottom of buttstock; stamped proofs at breech end of barrel; incised marks on right side of buttstock and on left side of stock at wrist; angular iron bayonet with beak point and deep back flutes; stamped marks on face of bayonet; white leather sling for musket.
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