British Pattern 1730 Long Land Service Musket, c. 1728, .78 caliber, lock with double line border, engraved behind the cock "Es COLE/1728," and crown over "GR" with crown broad arrow government ownership mark below the pan; walnut stock with relief carving around the lock, sideplate, breechplug tang, storekeeper's mark on the right side of the butt and inspector's mark behind the trigger guard; barrel with ordnance view and proof marks and engraved "COLL DALLWAYS REGT No VIII," brass furniture proper for pattern, thumb plate engraved "Co VIII/No 20," sling swivels intact, barrel lg. 46, overall lg. 62 in.
Provenance: William Adair, Flixton Hall, Suffolk, England; William Keith Neal; and later, the Bill Ahearn collection.
Literature: Illustrated and described in Erik Goldstein, 18th Century Weapons of the Royal Welsh Fuziliers from Flixton Hall (Gettysburg, PA: Thomas Publications, 2002),pp. 81-82, 119; Bill Ahearn, Muskets of the Revolution and French & Indian Wars (Lincoln, RI: Andrew Mowbray Publishers, 2005),p. 26; Bill Ahearn and Robert Nittolo, British Military Long Arms in Colonial America (Pittsburgh, PA: Dorrance, 2018),pp. 81-86.
Iron surfaces with minor toning, all markings clear and distinct, brass shows evidence of minor oxidation, stock with dings and dents, apparent splice at entry pipe, rammer is a replacement.
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