A .75 EAST INDIA COMPANY BAKER'S PATTERN 1819 FLINTLOCK MUSKET, SIGNED THOMPSON, no visible serial number,
with London proofed 39in. barrel, baluster turned breech, block front-sight that doubles as a bayonet lug, the lock of rounded form marked on the tail with the quartered heart cypher of the United East India Company and dated 1800, the makers name 'Thomson' engraved to the centre, together with a 'Crown over 2' inspectors stamp, (the lock is a period replacement from an earlier period), regulation brass mounted full walnut stock with standard wrist and low comb, with one small period repair to fore-end near bottom rammer pipe
Provenance: Ezekiel Baker was employed by the East India Company to design a new series of flintlock arms for issue to its forces in India, this was the pattern of musket he came up with, it was designated the Bakers Pattern 1819 Musket. It features a more modern style of stock, with redesigned butt-plate, trigger-guard with shorter tang and a semi-waterproof lock, with tall frizzen and bun-nut retained ring-neck cock. Arms of this pattern are exceptionally rare and examples such as this with the lock from an earlier musket not unusual
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