Original British Long Land Pattern Brown Bess Flintlock Musket by Jordan marked to the 17th Regiment - dated 1762
Original Item: One of a Kind. Just fresh to the Market this is an absolute SLEEPER, completely untouched for years and unrestored. There are no missing parts that we can see, and it is offered just as it has been for decades. This is a very nice "Long Land Pattern Brown Bess made by JORDAN, dated 1762 and marked to the 17th Regiment of Foot. As far as we can tell, this is the "1756" type of the Long Land Pattern. For more information please see The Brown Bess: An Identification Guide and Illustrated Study of Britain's Most Famous Musket by Erik Goldstein and Stuart C. Mowbray.
It is recorded that Thomas Jordan was a London gunmaker who produced arms for the British Ordnance from 1733 until 1762. It's known that he marked his locks with his name spelled either with an I or J in Jordan. The musket has the correct "banana" shaped lock plate, which is fully marked with Crown over G.R. mid lock for King George III, with IORDAN / 1762 across the tail. There is also the "Lock Viewers Mark" underneath the frizzen. Action is strong and holds at half cock, firing correctly at full cock.
The musket has a full 46" regulation length, .75" smoothbore iron barrel, which bears British Proof Marks, which are still partly clear. They include CROWN / GR and the CROWN / CROSSED SCEPTERS of Birmingham, as well as an * / RE inspector or makers mark on the left side.
This example has a very nice walnut stock, which still retains the "bannister rail" butt stock and the large bulge by the lower ramrod pipe of the Long Land Pattern. Still installed is the correct iron ramrod. It has the correct "Long" front pipe, introduced with the 1756 Long Land Pattern Brown Bess Musket. It features the standard all brass mounts including a long "Rounded" Side Plate with a tail.
The top of the barrel bears the following regimental marking:-
The 17th Regiment of Food was originally raised in 1688 by Colonel Solomon Richards, with the expulsion of King James the Second. It saw service in the Wars of the Spanish Succession and helped put down the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715 in Scotland at the Battle of Sheriffmuir in 1715. In 1751 a royal warrant assigned numbers to the regiments of the line, and the unit became the 17th Regiment of Foot. It traveled to North America in the Seven Years/French and Indian War of 1756 to 1763 and was present at the Siege of Louisbourg in 1758 and the Battle of Ticonderoga in 1759. The regiment then returned to England in 1767.
It also played a large role in the U.S. Revolutionary war, arriving in Boston on January 1st 1776. It was at the battles of Long Island, White Plains, and Fort Washington in 1776, Princeton, Brandywine and Germantown in 1777, and Stoney point in 1779. The regiment was also at Guildford Courthouse and the Siege of Yorktown in 1781. Following this in 1782 it was officially designated the 17th (Leicestershire) Regiment of Foot, and moved to Nova Scotia in 1783 and returned to England in 1786. It appears to have certainly moved around and perhaps was lucky NOT to have been at the 1777 Battle of Saratoga Springs.
In lovely condition coming to us from an old collection, ready to be restored or displayed as is!
Year of Manufacture: 1762
Caliber: .75" Musket
Ammunition Type: Lead Ball & Powder
Barrel Length: 46 inches
Overall Length: 61 1/2 inches
Feed System: Muzzle-Loaded
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