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Pattern 1738 "Bright" Sea Service Musket

ca. 1748-1757
Origin: England and Europe
Overall: 57 3/4" Barrel: 42" x .78 caliber
Iron, steel, brass, walnut and hickory (?)
Museum Purchase and Mitchell Arms and Military Accoutrements Fund
Acc. No. 2018-272
Pattern 1738 "Bright" Sea Service musket build with a flat, three-screw lock and an octagon to round barrel of Dutch/Germanic origin. Regulation brass mounts (no tailpipe, triggerplate or nosecap) and an added lozenge-shaped wristplate secured with four brass nails. Old wooden rammer with short brass tip.
Label:Made without some of the unnecessary mounts found on a Land Service musket, this sea service arm includes a flat three-screw lock, a heavy sheet-brass buttplate, a simple triggerguard and three rammer pipes. A later American owner added a wristplate with his initials “WB.”
Provenance:Billy Ahearn Collection (Skinner's - Marlborough, 2 November 2018, Lot 13). Pruchased as a present for Billy by his wife Maureen from David Condon, sometime in the mid-1990s.
Mark(s):Typical British Ordnance marks, except for the barrel, which bears an illegible Dutch or German mark.
Inscription(s):Lockplate engraved with the "Crown GR" between the pan and the cock and SMITH over 1748 on the tail. Wristplate engraved with "W * B," an American owner's initials.