1742-Dated, 1st Model Long Land Pattern British Military Brown Bess Musket, Restocked c. 1760-1813, Choice Very Fine. A choice quality, attractive British Military 1st Model Long Land Pattern Brown Bess Musket that is dated "1742" and measures 56.25" in its overall length. This type was common in use in America during the French and Indian War and throughout the American Revolution. This Musket has a 40.75", .75-77 caliber round steel barrel with 2 early Tower Proofs, an unidentified barrel makers mark appears to be "I" and 2 Inspector marks on the tang, then Re-proofed with 2 Birmingham proofs circa 1813. The lock is Engraved "TOWER" and "1742" with a "CROWN" over "GR" (King George II). This gun has Brass regulation furniture (trigger guard has a period repair). The stock has a circular Bone Inlay marked "M A", "104" (assumed to be MccLESFIELD ARSENAL #104) and is burn marked on the right comb with 2 Stores Keeper marks, and a small "CROWN" at the muzzle, and is overall very solid with a smooth rich appearance showing very little active service. Its steel ram rod is regimentally marked "J 51" and Stamped with a "CROWN". This 1st Model Long Land Pattern British Military Brown Bess Musket is choice in appearance and is in good mechanical working order. See: BATTLE WEAPONS of the American Revolution. by, George C. Neumann c. 1998, pages 58-62. Provenance: Private collection in Philadelphia.
Additional information regarding Provenance:
From a private collection in Philadelphia. Said to have been removed and sold from the Earl of MccLESFIELD’S Castle (originally built during the 1300s, to present), located at Shirburn, Staffordshire, England. It is said that this musket remained in the castle's armory until financial hardship plagued the MccLesfield family in the 20th century, forcing the eviction of the 9th Earl, and the sale of its contents in 2004. This information was provided to the current consignor and cannot be proven at this time, but makes sense and is worthy of note.