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Title Bffrown Bess, India pattern (for EIC use)
Nationality British
Period c 1820

Made in London for the East India Company (EIC) and used right up to the 1857 Mutiny. This gun has Maharajah of Jaipur ownership stamps at base of barrel; he purchased these guns from the EIC after the Mutiny for his own state troops. In all probability, this is a captured booty weapon from the Bengal mutineers. An historic item of the Raj.

The gun has: a 39" barrel, slightly worn at the muzzle; a European walnut stock with London proof house stamps at base of barrel; an 1809 pattern cock mounted on lock plate, which is devoid of any markings and appears never to have had them. The weapon is brass mounted throughout. There is minor damage to the fore end, and one side nail and the ramrod have been replaced locally (in India). The lock is in excellent mechanical condition with the exception of the frizzen spring, which is a little weak from age and use. A contemporary watercolour (not for sale) shows it in use.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Firearms : Flintlock Longarms : British : 19th Century]


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