Original British Napoleonic Third Model Brown Bess Flintlock Musket Marked to the 14th (Buckinghamshire) Regiment

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. From the British Napoleonic Collection I.M.A. purchased in England in 2014, this is a lovely third Pattern 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. This example also still retains the "bannister rail" butt stock, a feature that was basically done away with after 1807. The musket has a full 39" regulation length, .75" smoothbore iron barrel, which bears British Proof Marks, which are still mostly clear: CROWN / CP and CROWN / P.

The lock plate is full marked with Crown over G.R. mid lock for King George III, and TOWER across the tail. The lock has a swan neck cock, indicating pre-1808 construction, so this is a rifle that was in service during the Napoleonic wars. It has all regulation brass furniture, together with correct issue iron ramrod. Shows use but remains in amazingly tight and clean condition. Action is strong and holds at half cock, firing correctly at full cock. The lock is quite clean and in great shape. The barrel has some powder burns on the right side by the lock, but is otherwise very nice. The top of the barrel is marked to the:-


The 14th Regiment of Foot, also known since 1809 as the Buckinghamshire Regiment, was actually inspected and selected by Wellington himself in Brussels before the great battle at Waterloo, when he described them as "A very pretty little battalion, tell them they may join the grand division as the wish."  Those inspected were all young recruits being replacements for the retired veterans of the Peninsular War. Join the Grand Division they did and took their part in the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte. They were under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Francis Skelly Tidy.


Years of Manufacture: Circa 1790-1805
Caliber: .75" Musket
Ammunition Type: Lead Ball & Powder
Barrel Length: 39 inches
Overall Length: 55.5 inches
Action: Flintlock
Feed System: Muzzle-Loaded

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