Brown Bess, 2nd Model Revolutionary War Short Land Germanic Contract Musket
An excellent example of a Revolutionary War variation Brown Bess musket
Original .79 Caliber Flintlock Musket with Bayonet, as Found, Mechanically Fine, Complete and Original
These true Revolutionary War period contract muskets were ordered by British Ordnance; the overwhelming demand for muskets was so great that 100,000 long guns were contracted from Belgium and Germany. - SOLD
Short Land style with variations to lock and other aspects; the lock displays distinctive markings such as the large Germanic crown above "GR" and the omission of broad arrow, and no engraved border pattern under the pan. The "TOWER" marking on the tail of slightly convex lock features distinctive engraved (shaded) letter strokes. There is no outside bridle; the screw in the cock is slotted and not pierced. The double line border engraving is placed well in from outside of lockplate which is specific to these contract muskets; lock top jaw and frizzen feature two-line border engraving. Also, the use of one screw behind the cock rather than the usual two screws, somewhat flatter and heavier trigger guard; flat sideplate.
Continuing; the wrist has a 2 5/8" escutcheon plate with no markings; trigger-guard measures 11" long with one screw attachment within the rear tang and is the regular land pattern type. Other German influences are the raised beaver-tail centering barrel tang, slightly heavier butt and shape of comb. The smooth brown barrel displays maker's mark, "JG", Tower and storekeeper's marks; there are no other marks; missing sling swivels.
For reference see page 67 of George Newmann's classic work "Battle Weapons of the American Revolution".
(L: 58", Barrel: 49", Trigger guard: 11", Side plate: 6", Butt tang: 3 5/8", lock: 7 by 1.25")