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Model 1757 Marine Militia Musket

Model 1757 Marine Militia Musket
Model 1757 Marine Militia Musket
Title
Model 1757 Marine Militia Musket
Date 
1757-1765
Medium 
Wood, iron, brass
Dimensions 
barrel length: 41 7/8 in. ( 106.4 cm ) Overall: 58 in. ( 147.3 cm )
Description 
Wood, iron, and brass flintlock musket; brass furniture; stamped marks at center and tail of lockplate; stamped proofs at breech end of barrel; incised letters on left side of butt stock.
Credit Line 
Gift of Ms. Irene M. and Emily Braman
Object Number 
1946.116
Marks 
stamped: lockplate center: "GR" (below crown; Hanoverian cypher); tail: "TOWER" (Tower of London armory) stamped: breech barrel: "GR" (crown above mark and arrow below it; Royal Armory proof); also crown above two crossed scepters. incised: left butt stock: "I...x T C heart shape" (possibly soldier initials)
Gallery Label 
After its emergence during the 1720's as the first official royal military firearm, the Brown Bess became the standard 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, this musket was surrendered by a British soldier after the Battle of Saratoga in 1777, and was bought afterwards by the donors' great-great grandfather, Captain Joseph Teel.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group