Original British Third Model Brown Bess Musket of the 6th Regiment of Foot- Circa 1805
Original Item: One-of-a-kind. This is a very nice British third model Brown Bess musket dating from about 1805. Features a classic 39" barrel with a TOWER and CROWN over G.R marked lock plate.
The fine stock with a bannister rail has full brass furniture, and butt plate engraved: D/6/32 indicating that this was issued to the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, the 6th Regiment of Foot, D Company, man number 32.
Formed in 1674 the Regiment saw service at the Battle of Sedgemoor in 1685 defeating the Rebels of the Duke of Monmouth, King Charles 2nd's bastard son. They saw service at the battle of the Boyne under King William III in 1690 and served in the Jacobite Rebellion in Scotland in the 1746. The Regiment was in New York in 1776. They were with Wellington in the Iberian Campaign 1808-1813 and were shipped to Canada in May of 1814.
The Regiment helped to repulse the American invasion of July 3rd, 1814 when Major General Jacob Brown launched an attack on the British across the river Niagra. For three weeks the American Campaign continued until, under Winfield Scott, they faced the British at the Battle of Lundy's Lane. Strategically a British victory, the tremendous loss of life and casualties on both sides is now considered the turning point of the 1812 war. Thereafter, the advantage was with the British defenders and no longer with the American invaders. The 6th Regiment served with gallantry and distinction and was awarded "NIAGRA" as a Battle Honor. This musket was certainly in service at that time. It has come from a Regimental museum display and is in very clean condition.
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