May 27, 2020 Founders & Patriots
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 5/27/2020
This is a second type Pattern 1779-S musket. These muskets were made post 1790, possibly between 1793 and 1795, according to "The Brown Bess" by Erik Goldstein & Stuart Mowbray. The 42" Short Land Pattern barrel is round and tapered with traces of proofmarks on top, towards the breech. The lock follows the 1793 Pattern and has double line borders. The tail is stamped "TOWER" vertically and the center is stamped with a large crown over "GR". There is a crown ordnance mark below the pan as well as a "condemned" mark, which is two broad arrows facing each other. The furniture, including the triggerguard, is of the Pattern 1793 or "India" Pattern, denoting that it is a second production period musket. The full length walnut stock is of traditional British form and is stamped with a small crown behind the rear triggerguard tang. There is a relief beavertail around the barrel tang and the inside of the ramrod channel is stamped "WHEELER". Complete with its original iron ramrod and an altered British socket bayonet. The blade has been reuced by about 1/4" on each side. CONDITION: Barrel retains a mostly brown patina with some darker finish towards the breech, markings worn. Lock is in its original flintlock configuration and has excellent markings, retains a grey patina and cock screw is a period replacement. Brass furniture is polished and lacquered. Stock shows scattered marks and absent splinters on both sides of forend, towards muzzle. Bayonet retains a spotted brown patina. A very nice example of a scarce Napoleonic Brown Bess musket.
Barrel Length
.75 Smoothbore
Drop at Comb
Drop at Heel
FFL Status
Length of Pull
S-Type Pattern 1779
Serial Number
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $750.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $3,437.50
Estimate: $1,500 - $3,000
Number Bids: 15
Auction closed on Wednesday, May 27, 2020.
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