Original British East India Company Grenade Launcher for the Brown Bess Musket - Dated 1779

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Original Item: Only One Available. We received fewer than about a dozen of these very rare Grenade Throwers made for the British East India Company with our purchase from the palace Lagan Silikhana in Kathmandu, Nepal in 2003. This example faintly bears the E.I.C. Heart Logo over which it is dated 1779.

The socket section that fits over the musket barrel is very heavily checkered and unfortunately the E.I.C. locking spring arm/catch is absent. The side is Inscribed in Devanagari where one would expect to see a British Contractor's name. We rather suspect this is an added inscription put on by the Royal Nepalese Army after receiving some much needed Brown Bess military aid in 1816 after the Treaty of Seguli.

Still rugged but I suspect was never used by the Gurkhas.

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