Original Revolutionary War British Short Land Pattern Brown Bess Flintlock Musket with Bayonet - 17th Regiment

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is a stunning British "Short Land Pattern" Regiment marked Brown Bess Flintock musket, complete with a correct socket bayonet in its original leather scabbard. This musket features the 42" barrel first adopted by Dragoons 1740. In 1768 it became the standard infantry musket, and remained so until 1797, when the Third or "India Pattern" took over. This was the standard Musket of the line during the entire U.S. Revolutionary war, so there's a good chance it was involved.

This example has a lovely walnut stock, which still retains the "bannister rail" butt stock, a feature that was basically done away with after 1807. The musket has a full 42" regulation length, .75" smoothbore iron barrel, which bears British Proof Marks, which are still mostly clear. They include CROWN / GR and others from London or Birmingham.

The lock plate is fully marked with Crown over G.R. mid lock for King George III, with TOWER across the tail. There is also the "Lock Viewers Mark" underneath the rizzen. The lock has a swan neck cock, indicating pre-1808 construction. 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, though it requires a strong trigger pull. 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 included socket bayonet fits the musket well, and has a correct 16 1/2 inch blade. The bayonet is in good shape, though it does have rust on the last 2 inches of the blade, and there is a lamination split in the socket. It is marked N 5/ 2 8, most likely the rack number or matching number for the musket. There is a small marking on the long side, but we cannot decipher it. The included leather scabbard has shrunk a bit, and is stiff, but is still very solid.

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. It 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 in 1776, Princeton, Brandywine and Germantown in 1777. 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.

This musket is in sparkling condition, a beautiful example, correct in all respects and complete with an original bayonet. Just perfect to be put on display!


Years of Manufacture: Circa 1770-1780
Caliber: .75" Musket
Ammunition Type: Lead Ball & Powder
Barrel Length: 42 inches
Overall Length: 58 inches
Action: Flintlock
Feed System: Muzzle-Loaded

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