Extremely rare 46 inch BROWN BESS MUSKET
(FREEMAN LONDON, Circa 1740)
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Long Land Pattern 46" Brown Bess Musket. extremely rare and rarely encountered on the collector’s market. This example was purchased from a castle wall (see photograph) where they have hung for over 250 years. Produced by Freeman London circa 1740 for the Private Militia of the Earl of Macclesfield, they have upgraded features from later in the 18th century for the looming Napoleonic Wars. 46" barrel engraved FREEMAN. LONDON and engraved with the number "1" and with London Proof marks. Banana shape lock engraved FREEMAN and the number "1". Late pattern brass furniture with Four pipes, steel ramrod and walnut handrail stock, the brass escutcheon also engraved "M1". Complete with original socket bayonet numbered "1" to the gun. In mint condition for an 18th century musket. From the Earl of Macclesfield's Castle. Shirburn, Oxfordshire. Number 1 of 50 with original numbered bayonet. The gun in near new condition with no repairs or splits to the wood. overall 62 inches.