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AN EXTREMELY RARE “DUBLIN CASTLE” REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD SHORTLAND PATTERN/SECOND MODEL PATTERN 1777 BROWN BESS MUSKET, ca. 1779: Regulation length, 42 inch, round, pin-fastened, iron, smoothbore, .75 caliber barrel with its top-mounted bayonet lug/sight. The breech-top with faint Board of Ordnance proof marks and the regulation Pattern 1777 lock with two screws behind the “Wartime”/notched cock/hammer. Clearly marked "DUBLIN/CASTLE", on its lockplate tail and with a Crown "GR" Royal Cypher, beneath the powder-pan. In untouched original flintlock configuration with fine lock components. In mechanically functional order with russet-toned steel surfaces with light wear. The barrel retains a dark, even, brown age patina with some light scattered discoloration/pitting. The lock, en suite with a matching, untouched brown-gray patination with a clear Royal Cypher, Broad Arrow acceptance mark and “DUBLIN CASTLE” markings for the famed Irish Govt. Manufactory. Complete with its iron button-head ramrod. Both sling swivels removed. Regulation Shortland brass hardware of Dublin Castle make (slightly heavier/cruder than “Tower” arms) with an even & untouched, dark, smooth, mustard-toned age-patina. Four brass ramrod pipes, the second pipe of true “Pratt’s Improvement” design with a flared/collared mouth (Please see A. Darling’s: “Redcoat and Brown Bess”). A vacant brass wrist escutcheon, a flat sideplate with a tail, both of its sidebolts; and the buttplate with a short three stepped tang of classic Shortland Pattern/Second Model Brown Bess design. Regulation pattern trigger-guard with a raised hazelnut forward finial. English walnut fullstock with a pronounced lobe on the handrail and a well-defined fluted comb on the butt. Marked with a Board of Ordnance acceptance mark, behind the trigger-guard and the right side of the buttstock with a (pre-1786) Non-dated Storekeeper's mark: also marked with various Board of Ordnance markings, in the ramrod-channel. In overall very good+ untouched original flintlock condition. The stock with sharp contours, 75%+ finish, light handling marks, scattered abrasions and tight hairlines: the last ˝” of the fore-end-tip with a working-period reduction and a War-period American made Pewter Nose-cap. Overall a classic example of an American Revolutiony War Period “Dublin Castle” Second Mdl. Brown Bess musket, ca. 1779. *****A very rare “Dublin Castle” Arsenal made Shortland Pattern Brown Bess Musket. For additional information, please see G. C. Neumann's: "Battle Weapons of the American Revolution". Overall length, 58”.