Original British 3rd Model Brown Bess Flintlock Musket Converted to Percussion Fowler

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. We just received this out of an old collection in South Carolina, along with many other antique guns. This started out life as a Third Model Brown Bess, with the 39" barrel adopted in 1796. Also known as the "India Pattern", it was the standard Musket of the line during 1815, the time of the Battle of Waterloo. After its time in service. the musket was half-stocked, and converted to percussion. There are some markings on the side plate and barrel which may indicate where this happened.

The musket still has a full 39" regulation length, .75" smoothbore iron barrel, which bears British Proof Marks, which are still partly clear. These include CROWN / CP, the London proofhouse definitive proof for black powder barrels, and CROWN / V, the London "viewed" mark. It's somewhat rare to see the proofs this visible, as they are in a high wear area.

The lock plate is mostly worn, however there are still traces of the CROWN / GR marking, with all other markings missing. The shape of the lock indicates it was definitely made as a Brown Bess flintlock, and not a purpose made percussion lock.  The lock internals seem to be broken, as the hammer moves freely. The stock has a nice color, and still retains the original brass fittings. However, it is split across the wrist area, which was repaired.

A nice sporterized musket, ready to hang on the wall!


Years of Manufacture: Early 19th Century
Caliber: .75" Musket
Ammunition Type: Lead Ball & Powder
Barrel Length: 39 inches
Overall Length: 55 inches
Action: Percussion Lock
Feed System: Muzzle-Loaded

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