A .625 BAKER PATTERN 1823 FLINTLOCK RIFLE BY RAMSEY SUTHERLAND, CIRCA 1829, no visible serial number,
with 30in. twist barrel stamped with post 1813 Birmingham proofs, low blade front-sight and fixed block vee rear-sight, fitted with the standard Baker bayonet bar at muzzle, the borderline engraved lock of rounded form stamped on the tail 'LONDON' and signed to the centre 'RAMSEY / SUTHERLAND', regulation brass mounted full walnut stock with raised cheek-rest and the usual Baker furniture of scroll trigger-guard patchbox, wrist escutcheon, the rifle complete with sling swivels and original rod
Provenance: Ramsey Sutherland was established on his own account circa 1829/39 at 1 Caroline St. Birmingham, previously he was in partnership with his brother Richard as R & R Sutherland circa 1800 to 1827. Arms might have been marked with his name prior to1829, the brother's operated on a substantial scale. Numbers of Baker rifles similar to this are known to exist, it is believed they were supplied to New Brunswick, Canada for issue to the Militia, quantities of India Pattern Bess muskets were also supplied by Sutherland at the same time.
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