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February 25, 2022 12:00 PMCalender

British Pattern 1779-S Short Land Service Musket

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Auction: Sale #3950M - 3950MLocation: MarlboroughDate / Time: February 25, 2022 12:00PM


British Pattern 1779-S Short Land Service Musket, c. 1779-80, 42 1/8 in., .83 caliber round barrel with ring decoration at the breech and Tower ordnance proof marks on the top; proper double bridle lock with convex surface, double line border engraving, pointed tail engraved "TOWER," engraved with a crown over "GR" and stamped crown broad arrow below the pan, the inside surface of the lock plate stamped with a crown over "I" inspector's mark and "BW," mainspring is marked with a "V" assembly number, rear side nail is marked with a "V" assembly number, forward side nail is marked with "III" assembly number; walnut stock with subtle teardrop behind the lock mortice and side plate, carved plateau around the breech plug tang, stamped storekeeper's mark on the right side of the butt, stamped crown inspector's marks behind the trigger guard, rammer channel stamped between third pipe and entry pipe with assembly number "V" and a partially illegible set of initials; brass furniture standard for pattern including a butt plate with a pointed tang engraved "63/46," unmarked thumb piece, trigger guard with acorn finial, convex "S" form side plate, four rammer pipes, and a nose cap; steel rammer with button head and threaded base, overall lg. 57 7/8 in.

Provenance: Musket was discovered in barn in southern New Jersey.

Note: John Pratt supplied 5,103 Pattern 1779-S muskets to the Board of Ordnance between 1779-1780 and they saw extensive service in America during the American Revolution.
Estimate $3,000-5,000

Iron toned to a deep brown with minor underlying pitting, the breech has moderate pitting as does the pan area of the lock, forward side nail is a period replacement; stock has scattered dings and dents and surace grime, several stable shrinkage cracks at the butt plate, small old wood loss at the front of the lock mortice, several tight splits and small wood losses in the forestock; brass is toned dark yellow/brown, trigger guard has an old split where the thumb piece retaining screw passes through.

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S Short Land Service Musket