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Lot Number: 269
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British Military Pattern 1800/1815/1823 Flintlock "Baker" Infantry Rifle Restored

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c. 1805-1830's, Rare, British Military Pattern 1800/1815/1823 Flintlock "Baker" Infantry Rifle, Restored to Very Fine.

A Rare professionally restored British Military Pattern 1800/1815/1823 Flintlock, "Baker" Infantry Rifle which has a 30.25" long, .62 caliber, rifled barrel. There are no visible proof marks. The barrel originally was made with a bayonet bar, which was later intentionally removed and a socket bayonet lug was mounted on the underside of the muzzle. The barrel has been re-bushed (re-converted back to flintlock). The original flint replacement flat lock is marked on the inside with military inspector mark of a "CROWN" over "3" and the outside has the "CROWN" over "W R" (King William IV 1830-1837), along with a small "CROWN" over the "BROAD ARROW" (a government ownership mark). The lock has an exterior sliding safety and shows where the conservator added metal to the lock plate to make it pointed as opposed to being round. Standard all brass pattern furniture includes a Pattern 1800 butt-trap which held tools and greased patches. This Rifle retains the original steel ram rod and its stock was made without a raised check rest, yet remains solid and has an interesting marriage of wood at the beginning point of the lower ram rod pipe (very hard to see), with some typical scratches and dings from years of service. It is our experts opinion that the stock was either made in two sections or was restored at some point possibly when the barrel vent was re-bushed for the re-conversion back to flintlock. The current lock is an original flint replacement. Great Britain supplied Portugal with large quantities of surplus weapons for the Peninsula War (1807-1814) and after. According to records, 150 rifles were modified and produced by Robert Wheeler in 1823. The round face lock (copied from the pattern 1798 Heavy Dragoon Carbine) was the standard lock for the pattern 1823. A seldom encountered rare rifle. See Ref.: “British Military Flintlock Rifles 1740-1840” by De Witt Bailey Ph. D, 2002.
Lot Number: 269
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