Musket

Title

Musket

Description

This musket, a copy of the British “Brown Bess,” was
said to have been carried in the Revolutionary War
by Joseph Banks of Fairfield. The barrel is iron and
marked “LONDON” but the touch marks indicate
that the gun was made in Belgium. The first mark
is the from the city of Liege, in eastern Belgium, a
leading gun making center of the period. The other
mark is from the Birmingham gunmaker’s Proof
House, est. in 1813. The attribution that this gun
was used during the Revolutionary War is quite
possible, even with hallmarks that date to later years.
Gunowners often replaced and switched out pieces
and parts, due to wear, breakage, or new technological
upgrades in their machinery.

Source

Belgium

Date

ca. 1830

Contributor

Pequot Library

Rights

Fairfield Museum and History Center

Identifier

1978.58A

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