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Liégeois Short Land Infantry Musket

ca.1778-1783
Origin: Belgium, Liege
OA: 57 9/16" Barrel: 41 5/8" x .80 caliber
Walnut, iron, steel, and brass
Gift of Mr. & Mrs. John R. Muckel of Indiana Plumbing Supply.
Acc. No. 1986-167
Land Pattern infantry musket of standard form with walnut stock, round barrel, brass mounts and straight-bottomed Liégeois lock with two screws showing through on tail of lockplate.
Label:During the height of the Revolution, Britain simply couldn’t produce enough muskets for the war effort and turned to Continental Europe. Belgian arms makers in Liège produced over 100,000 copies of the Short Land “Brown Bess” musket to Board of Ordnance specifications to meet the shortfall. As second rate muskets, many thousands were sent to the rebellious colonies for the use of the Loyalists, amongst other troops.
Mark(s):Lock engraved with "Crown GR" ahead of cock with "TOWER" behind and a crown is struck under the pan. Barrel is struck with the usual, but very worn, Ordnance View & Proof marks.