A .75 INDIA PATTERN 1793 BROWN BESS FLINTLOCK SERVICE MUSKET, CIRCA 1800, no visible serial number,
with 39in. barrel stamped at the breech with Ordnance proof and inspection stamps, block front-sight, bayonet lug at muzzle, borderline engraved Ordnance pattern lock of rounded form stamped 'TOWER' on the tail and with the standard Crown G.R. cypher to the centre together with the small crown inspection stamp, regulation brass-mounted full walnut stock with handrail wrist and high comb, complete with sling swivels an old white leather sling and original rod
Provenance: This is an early service Bess of the 1793 Pattern introduced as an emergency arm on the outbreak of war with revolutionary France, it was based on the East India Company's simplified Windus pattern musket, hence it being referred to as the India Pattern. It was the standard British soldiers musket throughout the Napoleonic wars and all campaigns until the introduction of the percussion system in the 1840's
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