Musket

Object Number: 
X.151
Date: 
1770-1780
Medium: 
Wood, iron, brass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 57 7/8 in. ( 147 cm ) Part (barrel): 42 in. (106.7 cm)
Marks: 
stamped: center lockplate: "GR" (below crown, royal cypher of George III); also a crown above an arrow (gov't ownership mark); tail: "TOWER" (stored in Tower of London armory) stamped: escutcheon plate: "A/79" (probably Company A, rack number 79) engrav
Description: 
Wood, iron, and brass flintlock musket; brass furniture; bayonet lug filed down to bladed front sight; rectangular cock tang with two screw ends behind cock; stamped marks at center and tail of lockplate and on escutcheon plate; engraved mark and stamped proofs at breech end of barrel.
Gallery Label: 
Soon after its emergence in the 1720's, the Brown Bess became the standard flintlock infantry musket used in nearly every British conflict of the next century until its replacement by the percussion system in the 1830's. The regiment number engraved on the barrel indicates that this musket was used by a soldier in the 79th Regiment, probably during the Revolutionary War.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group