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Original Nepalese Gurkha Brown Bess Flintlock Musket with Bayonet from the Officer's Mess at Tumu Kathmandu

Item Description

Original Item: One of a Kind. This is undoubtedly the very best intact example of the Gurkha constructed Brown Bess Musket assembled at NAKKU outside Kathmandu. We imported large numbers of these that were recovered from the Palace of Lagan Silekhana, which functioned as the Royal Armory of Nepal. Unfortunately they were long neglected, and in unrestorable condition. However, this example was from the Arms display in the Officer's Mess at TUMU Barracks, and escaped that fate.

The Gurkha Armies invaded British India in 1813 occupying large areas of territory. It turned out these these Native soldiers were so well trained that that after several "bloody noses" the British had to invade Nepal itself before peace could be agreed at the Treaty of Seguly in 1816. Thereafter Nepal fell under "BRITISH INFLUENCE" and supplied Gurkha Soldiers for the British Army which they are still doing to this day!

Britain poured in Aid of all forms after 1816 including staffing Arms Factories with Gunsmith to teach the Gurkha gun makers how to build British weapons. The first were the Brown Bess Muskets of the Third Model, with 39" barrel as used by the British East India Company since 1771 known as the WINDUS or India Pattern. Britain itself adopted this shorter 39" barrel Brown Bess third model in 1796.

Great quantities of British made E.I.C. locks were supplied to Nepal and these were mostly SANITIZED with the removal of the CROWN over G.R. British markings and replaced by a Buddist Temple that was located right next to the old Palace where most of the 55,000 guns we purchased were stored at Lagan Silekhana. Sadly the 2015 Kathmandu Earthquake leveled most of the palace, so now it can only be visited by pictures and videos, as documented in our "Treasure is Where You Find It" documentary.

This magnificent example, easily the best we ever had, and we did get over 1800 units in all sorts of conditions, was itself removed from the Officer's Mess display. The barrel has the pair of bare foot prints proof mark for NAKKU, and the socket bayonet, itself bears a single foot print proof mark. The socket bayonet also bears faux E.I.C. markings to give the impression that this was imported but that is not the case.

The wood stock is magnificent and the musket has Brass mounts. The trigger guard bears the Nepalese Battalion Marking which can be no doubt identified in GUNS OF THE GURKHAS by John Walter.

The finest single example we were able to find of this Original Gurkha Brown Bess Musket. Ready to add to your collection and display!


Years of Manufacture: Circa 1820
Caliber: .75" Musket
Ammunition Type: Lead Ball & Powder
Barrel Length: 39 inches
Overall Length: 55 inches
Action: Flintlock
Feed System: Muzzle-Loaded

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