A .75 FLINTLOCK MUSKET BORE OFFICERS FUSIL BY KETLAND & CO. FOR THE YORK VOLUNTEER'S, number D 5.
circa 1795, with 41 1/2in. barrel stamped with private Ordnance proofs, fitted with block front-sight / bayonet lug, break-off breech, the fixed breech with sighting groove, the lock being the reduced size carbine pattern of rounded form with border line engraving and bearing the makers name "KETLAND & CO" to the centre, and fitted with a swan-neck cock, regulation brass mounted full walnut stock with handrail wrist, high comb, and carved apron around the breech tang the mounts include butt-cap the tang engraved "D / 5", a vacant wrist escutcheon, trigger-guard and four rammer pipes the lower two pipes damaged, the flat sideplate engraved "J. STODHART " to the centre and on the tail "YORK", the left side of the butt inscribed with the following legend "Y+C / 136". (York City) complete with sling swivels and rod, the fore-end with some repairs the top 24in. a period replacement and hardly noticeable.
Provenance: This interesting musket although of musket bore is made to fusil proportions with slender stock reduced proportion mounts and a carbine size lock. It was privately purchased for issue to one of the York City Volunteer or Militia units formed on the outbreak of war with revolutionary France. A number of similar muskets are known all with the "Y = C" stock markings together with an officers name and York on the sideplate. It is believed the muskets became the property of York City on the disbandment of the volunteers and formed part of a display at the Guild-Hall the Y + C butt inscription being added at this time. The muskets were removed from the Guild-Hall during W.W. II and subsequently disposed of.
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