Original Revolutionary War British 1756 Pattern Long Land Brown Bess Musket by Wilets - Dated 1762 - Princeton Battlefield Museum

Item Description

Original Item: One-of-a-kind. IMA has acquired a collection of authentic American Revolutionary War weapons which, for the past 20 years, have been on display at the Princeton Battlefield State Park Clarke House Museum located in Princeton, New Jersey.

This magnificent 46 inch long barreled Brown Bess Musket was exactly what the British used through the Revolutionary War of 1775-1784.

The Long Land Pattern British Brown Bess musket was the primary weapon of the British soldier throughout the early and mid-18th century. They were the standard weapon of the British army and colonial provincial militia troops during the French-Indian War in America and many were used during the American Revolution. Close range combat was the order of the day and these smoothbore weapons were terribly effective when volleys were fired at massed troops.

This particular example is a Pattern 1756 Long Land Flintlock Musket with a 46" Barrel and regulation brass mounts. The Lock is marked WILETS / 1762 across the tail with a CROWN over G.R. to the center although now rather faint. The barrel is engraved with 31 REGT, although that also has become faint with old corrosion. WILETS was a Birmingham, England Gun Maker to the Crown who started business in 1745.

The 31st. Regiment of Foot arrived in North America at Quebec in MAY 1776. They fought at Lake Champlain against Rebel Forces led by Benedict Arnold. The escutcheon plate of brass bears the inscription of D / 22 indicating that this musket was issued as the 22nd musket in the 4th (D) Company. Unfortunately the major part of the Regiment was at the BATTLE OF SARATOGA SPRINGS in 1777 under the British General John Burgoyne and were forced to surrender. If the Regimental Rolls are still in the possession of the National Army Museum, we could possibly identify the Soldier who was the 22nd man in Company D, of the 31st Regiment of Foot that became known as the HUNTINGDONSHIRE REGIMENT.

Musket comes complete with it's ORIGINAL MUSEUM DESCRIPTION DISPLAY TAG and Museum Archives Write up.

Direct from Display at the Revolutionary BATTLE OF PRINCETON Battlefield State Park at the Battlefield Museum in the THOMAS CLARKE House.

This amazing musket is correct in every respect and shows use commensurate with its age and military service. Offered in wonderful display condition having been on public display in the Sate of New Jersey Revolutionary War Museum for over 20 years.


Year of Manufacture: Circa 1744

Caliber: .75" Musket
Ammunition Type: Lead Ball & Powder
Barrel Length: 46 inches
Overall Length: 62 inches
Action: Flintlock
Feed System: Muzzle-Loaded

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