Tuesday, March 11, 2014

American Cherry-Stocked Long-Kand Pattern Brown Bess Musket, 1740

Cal. .75 rnd 45″ cut from 46″ long bbl marked near breech with Tower view and proof marks. The lock is marked with Broad Arrow in front of Crown/”GR” under the iron pan and behind the cock in two vertical lines “TOWER/1740”. The early King’s Pattern furniture is brass and typical of other early land patterns including long stepped buttplate tang, raised lockplate escutcheon, straight rear ramrod pipe thimbles and front ramrod pipe just over 4″. This gun was restocked in America utilizing American cherry wood closely emulating the orig British walnut with all the orig furniture utilized with exception of thumbplate which there is no provision for. During the restocking in America the muzzle was cut exactly 1″ making the bbl length 45″ from its orig length of 46″. This is as beautiful and untouched an example of an American Revolutionary War first model Brown Bess that you will find. It is understandable why Mr. Flayderman retained this beautiful musket in his personal collection for so long. 

PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. 

CONDITION: The bbl and lock are brown overall with good, discernible bbl proofs and lock markings as can be seen in photographs. Metal overall is brown and smooth with areas of pitting, especially along top areas of hammer, frizzen, pan and bbl breech. The bore is pitted and uncleaned. The American cherry stock is sound and solid with only minor storage dings, dents and scratches. Metal is mounted extremely well with some wear and erosion at breech behind hammer. There is a hairline crack forward of lock that is only about 1″ long. Stock is missing nosecap and as noted in description bbl has been irregularly cut to make bbl now almost exactly 45″. 4-51195 JS29 (15,000-25,000)

Copy and photos from James Julia.

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