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Item #7696

British VR Marked Brown Bess Musket

  • Price: $2,195.00
  • Maker: British
  • Model: Brown Bess
  • Caliber: .75 cal

  • Description: NSN, .75 caliber, 39 1/4 inch barrel with a very good bore that has light freckling and pinprick pitting along its length. This is an original flintlock "TOWER" and "(crown)/VR" marked musket that has an overall dark plum-brown patina mixing with dull pewter gray in spots. The lock has some light-moderate pitting as well as some heavier pitting along the breech end of the barrel. The lock itself is original and functions flawlessly and there are worn but discernible military proofs on the left side of the breech and a small arrow in circle stamp on the top just ahead of the tang. The walnut stock has scattered light-moderate handling marks and surface bruises with a section of the comb relieved to accommodate a left-handed user. The right side of the buttstock has a crisp "(Broad Arrow)/BO" Board of Ordnance stamp. No sling swivels remain and the ramrod is a replacement. These muskets were only made for about a year or so as Queen Victoria assumed the throne in 1837 and the switchover to percussion began in 1839. In fact, most of the VR marked Brown Besses were destroyed in a fire at the Tower of London in 1841 but a few pockets of survivors escaped the blaze, most notably a large stock sent to Newfoundland which is where this example was found. These are a scarce musket in any condition and this example is in good-near very good condition overall. Antique