May 18, 2021 Early Arms & Militaria
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According to "The Brown Bess" by Erik Goldstein and Stewart Mowbray,;the Liege Short Land muskets are quite scarce and were produced from 1778-1783. They saw extensive use and were specifically made for use in North America during the Revolutionary War. The .79 smoothbore caliber barrel measures 41 3/4" and features a bayonet lug mounted on top towards the muzzle. The barrel is stamped at the breech with a crown over "GR" and a broad arrow, as well as a crown over crossed scepters. There are also two "IG" sunken cartouches at the breech. It is missing it's original pattern lock and now has a commercial British lock, that is marked "CLARK". This period lock is in its original flintlock configuration. At one time a percussion bolster was installed in the barrel. It has standard brass Brown Bess Second Model furniture with an original and correct abbreviated Liege brass butt tang. The two ferrules at the muzzle are both trumpeted and are in the pattern of the 1777 Short Land configuration. The brass shield wrist escutcheon is unmarked. The full-length stock is of walnut and has a relief beaver tail around the barrel tang. The stock exhibits an "R" stamp behind the lockplate with two crowns stamped below the trigger guard. Storekeeper's mark is evident on the right side of the butt. The steel ramrod is original with threading at the tip. CONDITION: The barrel retains a mottled brown-gray patina. Lock retains a pewter toned patina. Brass furniture has been cleaned, but now retains a pleasing and relatively flat mustard patina. The wooden stock is intact and has an old light finish, with some surfaces retaining what appears to be original color. Stampings on metal are sharp, with wood stampings being worn but visible. DRG

Item Dimensions: L: 58".
Barrel Length
41 - 3/4"
Drop at Comb
Drop at Heel
FFL Status
Length of Pull
Bess Musket
Serial Number
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $1,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $4,500.00
Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000
Number Bids: 20
Auction closed on Tuesday, May 18, 2021.
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