Antique 46 in barrel Sea Service Musket
Antique 46 in barrel Sea Service Brown Bess Musket
A very rare antique 46 inch barrel Sea Service Brown Bess Pattern musket.
The most definitive description of the 46 inch Sea Service is by De Witt Bailey in his book 'British Military Longarms 1715-1865' (gun no:40, pages 42-45).
The striking features of this Sea Service musket, which make it very rare, are as follows: it has a 46 inch barrel, it has a flat butt-plate which is pinned on with brass pins. The banana-shaped lock is a little over 7 inches long with the early swan-neck cock. The trigger guard has no provision for sling-swivels. The brass plate to the rear of the lock is held in place by its original dome-shaped screws. There is no trigger plate, the tang is therefore secured by a bolt going upwards just in front of the trigger into the tang. There is no escutcheon to the rear of the tang.
This musket was made by W. Brazier in 1715, the barrel is clearly marked with William Brazier's mark and government proof marks. William Brazier was contracted by the Board of Ordnance to make sea service muskets which he did between 1714 and 1715.
The woodwork is in fine condition. The wooden ramrod is probably a later addition.
The overall condition of this gun, which is now 300 years old, is excellent.