Original Item (except where specified): It is no secret that included in the extraordinary cache of arms purchased from the Royal Nepalese Armory by IMA there were a limited quantity of original 18th Century British Brown Bess Flintlock Muskets. Regrettably, they were in a deplorable condition having arrived in Nepal via the East India Company sometime before 1820 and laid undisturbed, and not cared for, since the 1850’s. These Brown Bess Muskets are the East India Company Pattern of 1771 featuring a 39" barrel. The British Government adopted the 39" barrel (reduced in length from the 42” Short Land Pattern) in 1796. This is why these muskets are commonly referred to as "The Brown Bess India Pattern of 1796" or the Brown Bess 3rd model.
The Flintlock Locks were all made in England for the East India Company and still retain English maker markings, and incredibly dates within the 1770’s. Each lock also shows the East India Company heart symbol across lock tail. None of these locks however, bear a "Crown G.R." symbol as India was privately run as a corporation until after the Sepoy Rebellion of 1857/58 when the British Government assumed control. Once in Ghurka hands, after 1816, many of these original English manufactured and marked locks were remarked with the Nepalese Crest, we offer Gurkha re-marked lock Brown Bess sets separately. However, incredibly a very few remained unaltered with original English markings and 1776 dates that we are proud to offer for the first time since the arrival of the Nepal Cache to the market. Because so many of the original stocks are broken, rotted and useless we have decided a complete fully assembled musket built by hand by IMA’s own master gunsmith. These are the features:
• Original English made Flintlock lock with 1776 date, EIC Heart & Manufacturer name (names vary). Fully integrated to the new stock, operational, cleaned and oiled. Not intended for firing.
• Original Brown Bess 39” Barrel made by the East India Company in India and features Anglo Indian proof marks. Fully installed to the new stock, cleaned and oiled. Not intended for firing.
• Original all steel button nosed ramrod, cleaned, oiled and installed.
• New Made stained and oiled hardwood stock, pattern 1808, complete with all brass mounts, butt plate, trigger guard, side plate and ramrod pipes (3) together with a new made trigger assembly already fitted.
Save your very own piece of British colonial history. These original parts are old enough to have taken part in the American war for Independence but they didn't, they were half a world away building an Empire. We also offer this Brown Bess 3rd Model in unassembled condition with an 1776 EIC dated & Marked lock for $1650 (that’s a $800 savings to build one yourself!)
In order to assist in your appreciation for, and research of, this amazing piece of history, we will include our book “Guns of the Gurkhas” by renowned expert John Walter. These very flintlocks are featured on pages 24-29. “It can only be concluded therefore, that the locks were all made in England prior to the end of the Napoleonic War in 1815”. P29- John Walter ‘Guns of the Gurkhas’. Simply Amazing.