Antique British EAST INDIA COMPANY Marked “Model F” .75 Cal. PERC. Musket
Percussion Musket w/EAST INDIA COMPANY Lion on Lock
Here we present an antique British East India Company Model F Percussion Musket, made circa the 1840s. Historical records indicate that the Honorable East India Company made no flintlock muskets after the 1820s and quickly took advantage of the newer and more reliable percussion firing system. In 1840 they began producing the world’s first mass produced percussion muskets, one variant which later became known as the Model “F”.
In 1839 the British government officially adopted converted percussion Brown Bess musket, the Pattern 1796-39, but in the Great Fire of the Tower of London in 1841, over 400,000 of these converted muskets were destroyed leaving the British military very low on muskets. The result was to copy the current EIC Percussion Musket, the Model “F”, and name it the “Lovell’s Pattern of 1842. By this time, the East India Company had already developed and refined the .75 bore percussion musket through six models, which were A through F. Models A and B were EIC flintlock muskets converted to percussion. However, the Model F was purpose built percussion military issue. These were built between 1845 and 1851.
The differences between the East India Company Models are for the most part minor. Models A and B were Brown Bess flintlock conversions, Model C and D were purpose built percussion muskets but had the “Old Series” side locks with differing trigger guard styles, while the Model E and F both had the “new series” side locks and had either the Hanoverian Catch on the Model E or the EIC bayonet catch on the Model F.
The overall condition is good. The barrel and lock have a dark and weathered patina. The stock and some other hardware appear to be more modern, and it appears that this musket was rebuilt with the original lock and barrel. The action is strong. The bore is smooth and dim. The stock is solid and shows a little wear.
Barrel is 33-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .75 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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