Original U.S. New England Militia Flintlock Musket fitted with Tower marked Brown Bess Lock - circa 1820

Item Description

Original Item: One of a Kind. Here we have a very interesting weapon, a very nice U.S. early 19th century "Militia Musket" from New England, made circa 1820 with a British Brown Bess Lock. The lock is correctly marked TOWER across the tail and bears the CROWN stamping to the center, however the expected "G.R" beneath the crown is absent. This indicates that this lock was never in ownership of the British Government and had been sold as an Export replacement lock to North America during the early portion of the 19th century. While the trade relationship was somewhat hostile, making money through trade was always important.

The lock is the proper "ring necked" style introduced in 1808, and aside from the lock, the musket follows the Springfield model 1816 pattern very closely, down to the sling swivel on a bolster in front of the trigger guard. It has a 42 inch .69" caliber barrel and overall length of 58 inches, with the "bulged" side plate. The barrel has no proof marks save for an "X" on top, so it is most likely of local manufacture.

The musket has seen plenty of use, the touch hole is somewhat enlarged from wear and the Musket SHOULD NOT BE FIRED before being checked out and repaired by a competent Gunsmith. The lock functions, however it does not hold at half cock, and a strong trigger pull can cause it to fire in that position. The stock is in very good shape, with some cracking near the rear lock screw, and near the nose cap. The metalwork has a lovely gray patina from years of use and cleaning.

Constructed around 1820 with All iron mounts complete with correct sling swivels and ram rod. Fine Walnut stock, Ready to Display!


Year of Manufacture: circa 1820
Caliber: .69" Musket
Ammunition Type: Lead Ball & Powder
Barrel Length: 42 inches
Overall Length: 58 inches
Action: Flintlock
Feed System: Muzzle-Loaded

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