Antique Commercial Style BROWN BESS Style .69 FLINTLOCK Musket WAR of 1812
With PRE-1813 Birmingham Private Proof Marks
Here we present an antique Brown Bess Commercial Style Flintlock Musket, made in Birmingham, England circa the early 1800s with pre-1813 proof marks. This pattern of Brown Bess is the same that fought Napoleon Bonaparte in numerous iconic battles, as well as the United States and their American Indian Allies during the War of 1812. This pattern may also correctly be called the “India Pattern” since the Honorable East India Company was the entity responsible for this update to the gun that had been around since 1722. When war with France loomed on the horizon, the British Board of Ordnance diverted these muskets from the EIC contract to supply the war effort.
This flintlock musket is typical of thousands produced in Birmingham during the 18th and 19th centuries for export throughout the British Empire. The Royal African Company, established in the late 17th century, supplied muskets in payment for slaves. A gold coin was brought to London by this company and was referred to as a “Guinea”, which in turn became the name for English currency.
This example has pre-1813 Birmingham private style proofs flanking a “CROWN/IO” marking on the barrel.
The overall condition is good. The action is strong and remains in its original flintlock. Good bore for its age. This example sports a solid stock with average wear but has been lightly refinished. Legible markings. Many proofs are found on the barrel. Here is a nice example of a scarce and desirable British Brown Bess style Flintlock Musket!
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Barrel is 47-3/8 inches.
Caliber: .69 Flintlock
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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