THIRD MODEL BROWN BESS BY BARNETT WITH BAYONET AND RACK NUMBER

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Item Code: 1037-121

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This is a very good example of a Third Model Brown Bess, or the Type-2 India Pattern (which uses a stronger, double-throated cock.) The pattern was adopted by the British Ordnance in 1809 and was the standard British infantry arm through the Napoleonic Wars and, in America, the War of 1812.

The barrel is smooth metal with a brown finish and sharp proof stamps at the left breech. Ramrod thimbles, nose cap, swivels are all in place. The ramrod is an incorrect replacement, but an original substitute would not be impossible to find. The brass buttplate, thimbles, sideplate, and nosecap have a matching medium patina. The wood is very nice, showing good color, surface, and grain, but with a crack at the upper sling swivel (the middle of the upper ramrod pipe) and some roughness and a chip on the right side from that point to the nosecap. The crack is narrow and not obtrusive, but would be a simple repair if one chose. The ramrod channel shows only minor dings.

The lockplate is smooth metal showing a mix of thin blue and brown and is crisply stamped “BARNETT / LONDON” forward of the hammer. Thomas Barnett was a contractor for British Ordnance from 1793 to 1818, acting as “Rough Stocker” and “Setter Up,” and also supplied complete arms. He was also active in selling pattern arms on the open market and the lack of government ownership markings on the musket indicates this was privately purchased. As a commercial arm it might even predate somewhat the government’s adoption of the reinforced cock in 1809. The left side flat has a “5” stamped in the wood, and the buttplate tang is neatly engraved with a “1,” almost certainly rack numbers applied by one of the many volunteer units formed during the various conflicts with the French.

The musket comes with an original and appropriate Brown Bess bayonet that has a maker or proof mark on the blade flat, good edges and point, and is overall bright metal mixed with gray spotting. This would make a nice addition to a collection of British military flintlocks and Brown Besses in particular.   [sr] [ph:L]

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