British Pattern 1760 Light Infantry Carbine Marked to the 52nd Regiment of Foot, c. 1757, .67 caliber, walnut stock with a storekeeper's stamp on the right side of the butt as well as the remnants of "WT/V" in the ramrod channel, brass fittings with the escutcheon engraved "52/1/3," lock marked "HASKINS/1757," with a crown over "GR" and an ordnance stamp, the barrel has light proof marks on the breech, and a wooden ramrod with a bone tip, barrel lg. 42, overall lg. 57 5/8 in.
Provenance: The Thomas Reiley collection; the Bill Ahearn collection.
Literature: Illustrated and described in Merril Lindsay, The New England Gun (New Haven: The New Haven Colony Historical Society, 1975),pp. 42-43; Don Carrol, "The Brown Bess Musket-Regimentally Marked," The Gun Report (January 1990); Bill Ahearn, "British Longarms at Lexington," Man At Arms (April 1998); Bill Ahearn, Muskets of the Revolution and French & Indian Wars (Lincoln, RI: Andrew Mowbray Publishers, 2005),pp. 74-77; Don Hagist and Erik Goldstein, "Short Land Muskets for the British Light Infantry in America," Man at Arms (December 2009); and Bill Ahearn and Robert Nittolo, British Military Long Arms in Colonial America (Pittsburgh, PA: Dorrance, 2018),pp. 328-31.
Stock has a few dings and nicks, the brass fittings have some patination, and the lock functions properly.
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