NAPOLEONIC “Brown Bess” Style FLINTLOCK Musket
Britain’s Arm in Napoleonic Wars, War of 1812, EIC
Here we present an antique Brown Bess Pattern 1809 Flintlock Military Musket, made in England circa the early-19th Century. This pattern of Brown Bess is the same that fought Napoleon Bonaparte in numerous iconic battles, as well as the United States and their American Indian Allies during the War of 1812. This pattern may also correctly be called the “India Pattern Type II” since the Honorable East India Company was the entity responsible for this update to the gun that had been around since 1722. When war with France loomed on the horizon, the British Board of Ordnance diverted these muskets from the EIC contract to supply the war effort. The success of this model can be gauged by the fact that between 1795 and 1815, nearly 3,000,000 guns were produced. Although the Birmingham gun trade was responsible for the majority of the production, the London gun trade played a part, through gun makers such as Ezekial Baker, William Parker, Thomas Reynolds, and Durs Egg. According to the London proof-house records, they and others in London were responsible for producing 845,477 muskets. This one is proofed on the left side of the barrel.
The overall condition is good. The iron parts are dark with age. The markings are clear. The stock is solid. The bore is smooth, dark and clean. The action is excellent. Here is a great opportunity to own a fabled Brown Bess Musket!
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Barrel is 39 ½ inches.
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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