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Irish Pattern 1769 Land Service Musket

ca. 1769-1775
Origin: Europe, Great Britain, Ireland
OL: 56 13/16" Barrel: 41 1/8" x .80 caliber
Walnut, iron, steel and brass
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1982-13
Pattern 1769 Land service musket of standard form, with walnut stock, round barrel, rounded brass mounts and straight-bottomed Pattern 1755 double-bridled lock. Sling swivels missing.
Label:Established in the middle part of the 17th century, Ireland had a separate military establishment complete with its own Board of Ordnance tasked with supplying the British troops stationed on the isle. Initially occupied with the refurbishment of arms, it wasn’t until the second decade of the 18th century that Dublin Castle began procuring truly Irish-made firearms.

This musket conforms to the British Land Pattern of 1769, and was issued to the 19th Regiment of Foot during the Revolutionary War period. A relative late-comer to combat in America, the 19th arrived in Charleston in June of 1781 and served primarily in South Carolina, before being shipped to the West Indies late the next year.
Mark(s):Lock engraved with "Crown GR" ahead of cock and "DUBLIN CASTLE" behind. A "Crowned Broad Arrow" and a "T" is struck into the lockplate under the pan. Barrel is engraved "XIX REGT," but the usual Ordnance View & Proof marks and obliterated. Wristplate is engraved "8 / 37."