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Original British EIC P-1771 Brown Bess Flintlock Musket- 1776 Dated & Marked Lock

Item Description

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 unstained inleted hardwood stock, you can choose between a Windus Pattern 1771 Bannister Rail Stock (also known as the Pattern 1796 India Pattern Brown Bess Stock) or a 1808 Pattern stock. The Windus Pattern 1771 Bannister rail stock has a "rail" or "comb" at the top of the butt stock as well as a "beaver tail" raised wood area where the tang screw is inserted. The 1808 stock is like the later percussion model stocks of the early 19th century. both stocks are correct for this model musket but the Windus pattern is earlier and therefore, more reminiscent of a Long Land Pattern Brown Bess stock. Both stocks come complete with all brass mounts, butt plate, trigger guard, side plate and ramrod pipes (3) together with a new made trigger assembly.

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, under item code NB1776S.

In order to assist in your appreciation for these old flintlocks, please review 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!

Watch as an IMA customer/gunsmith fires one of these for the first time!


Year of Manufacture: 1776
Caliber: .75" Musket
Ammunition Type: Lead Ball & Powder
Barrel Length: 39 inches
Overall Length: about 55 inches (Varies)
Action: Flintlock
Feed System: Muzzle-Loaded

NOTE: These parts sets are pulled to order, so these may not be available for same-day expedited shipping, especially with hand selection. International orders of antique firearms MUST be shipped using UPS WW Services (courier). USPS Priority Mail international will not accept these.

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