18th Century British Commercial Musket, Military Style Flintlock, Ketland & Co.
Brown Bess Flintlock Musket with Historic "York Volunteer" Inscription
Birmingham, England
Stock stamped: YC 167 for York Castle Armory or York Militia


18th Century British Commercial Musket, Military Style Flintlock, Ketland & Co. 
Brown Bess Flintlock Musket with Historic ''York Volunteer'' Inscription
Birmingham, England
Stock stamped: YC 167 for York Castle Armory or York Militia, right facing

These militias were raised during the very early 19th century in preparation for a
possible invasion of Britain by Napoleon's forces, had the French fleet not been
destroyed at the Battle of Trafalgar
Brown Bess flintlock musket with historic "York Volunteer" Inscription and Ketland & Co.
Lock. The lock is inscribed "Ketland & Co." in script; stock branded "Y+C / 54" on the
left side of the butt…branded twice is found “STURDY”.
This musket is within the circle of the standard Short Land Brown Bess pattern. It has
traces of two Birmingham proof marks and an indecipherable mark on the barrel. The
side plate is very similar to those found on standard military issue British Brown Bess
muskets; ramrod pipes are also very similar to those used on the Brown Bess muskets
as are the swivel locations; the button head iron ramrod, stock shape, trigger guard, and
bayonet lug. Deviating from the military patterns are the higher quality barrel tang with
sighting groove and flush fitting screw, the oval thumb plate which is vacant of
inscription and the use of wedges to secure the barrel instead of pins. The barrel
displays a nice mottled patina; there is a very old filled fissure to underside of stock at
triggerguard bow. We note that an 18-inch long sliver of wood at top of channel on left
side is restored; 1.5-inchres of forend on left side restored. This historic gun displays
very well. (Overall length: 58.25"; barrel length: 42.25")


18th Century British Commercial Musket, Military Style Flintlock, Ketland & Co. 
Brown Bess Flintlock Musket with Historic ''York Volunteer'' Inscription
Birmingham, England
Stock stamped: YC 167 for York Castle Armory or York Militia, left facing

18th Century British Commercial Musket, Military Style Flintlock, Ketland & Co. 
Brown Bess Flintlock Musket with Historic ''York Volunteer'' Inscription
Birmingham, England
Stock stamped: YC 167 for York Castle Armory or York Militia, lock plate

18th Century British Commercial Musket, Military Style Flintlock, Ketland & Co. 
Brown Bess Flintlock Musket with Historic ''York Volunteer'' Inscription
Birmingham, England
Stock stamped: YC 167 for York Castle Armory or York Militia, side plate

18th Century British Commercial Musket, Military Style Flintlock, Ketland & Co. 
Brown Bess Flintlock Musket with Historic ''York Volunteer'' Inscription
Birmingham, England
Stock stamped: YC 167 for York Castle Armory or York Militia, stock

18th Century British Commercial Musket, Military Style Flintlock, Ketland & Co. 
Brown Bess Flintlock Musket with Historic ''York Volunteer'' Inscription
Birmingham, England
Stock stamped: YC 167 for York Castle Armory or York Militia, stock detail 1

18th Century British Commercial Musket, Military Style Flintlock, Ketland & Co. 
Brown Bess Flintlock Musket with Historic ''York Volunteer'' Inscription
Birmingham, England
Stock stamped: YC 167 for York Castle Armory or York Militia, stock detail 2

18th Century British Commercial Musket, Military Style Flintlock, Ketland & Co. 
Brown Bess Flintlock Musket with Historic ''York Volunteer'' Inscription
Birmingham, England
Stock stamped: YC 167 for York Castle Armory or York Militia, butt plate

18th Century British Commercial Musket, Military Style Flintlock, Ketland & Co. 
Brown Bess Flintlock Musket with Historic ''York Volunteer'' Inscription
Birmingham, England
Stock stamped: YC 167 for York Castle Armory or York Militia, trigger guard

18th Century British Commercial Musket, Military Style Flintlock, Ketland & Co. 
Brown Bess Flintlock Musket with Historic ''York Volunteer'' Inscription
Birmingham, England
Stock stamped: YC 167 for York Castle Armory or York Militia, tang

18th Century British Commercial Musket, Military Style Flintlock, Ketland & Co. 
Brown Bess Flintlock Musket with Historic ''York Volunteer'' Inscription
Birmingham, England
Stock stamped: YC 167 for York Castle Armory or York Militia, ketland

18th Century British Commercial Musket, Military Style Flintlock, Ketland & Co. 
Brown Bess Flintlock Musket with Historic ''York Volunteer'' Inscription
Birmingham, England
Stock stamped: YC 167 for York Castle Armory or York Militia, barrel detail

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