Founded in 1998, PAUL M. AMBROSE ANTIQUES specializes in the sale of high quality, original European and American, Antique Guns, Antique firearms and Antique weapons. Created with the customer in mind, it is our duty to provide the customer with the honesty and integrity he deserves. Too often, in today's business world, this is not always the practice. I have been an avid collector of antiques, particularly firearms, for more than thirty-five years; and like all collectors, I expect my purchases to be accurately described and fairly priced. I believe that my business is a reflection of this commitment and I'm sure you will too.

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A VERY FINE+/NEAR EXCELLENT AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR EMERGENCY PRODUCTION (P. 1779-S) SECOND MODEL/SHORTLAND PATTERN BROWN BESS MUSKET & ITS BAYONET, ca. 1779: In overall very fine+/near excellent original flintlock condition. Of standard Second Model/Shortland Pattern Brown Bess P. 1779-S (American Revolutionary War Production) design. The 42", iron, pin-fastened, .75 caliber barrel with its front-sight/bayonet-lug and a baluster turned breech with sharp, center-line, Board Ordnance Proof marks and Crown Acceptance markings. Regulation Shortland pattern walnut fullstock, with a raised carved "beaver tail" apron, around the barrel tang and a raised lobe, at the ramrod entry. Marked behind the trigger-guard with two (2) clear Board of Ordnance Crown/Numeric Acceptance marks and with a sharp Rev. War period (Non-Dated) Storekeeper's mark, on the right side of the buttstock. Also, marked with several Board of Ordnance inspector’s markings, in the ramrod-channel and with a Stock-maker’s mark, behind the sideplate. The right side of the stock with an (American) Soldier-carved “M.” owner's initial: indicates American Usage, as such personalization was forbidden by English military Standards of the time. Full Shortland Pattern 1779-S brass mounts, the salient feature being its raised “S-shaped” sideplate without a tail. The buttplate with a pin-fastened three-stepped tang, the trigger-guard with a raised hazelnut finial and four (4) baluster-type ramrod pipes: the second pipe of "Pratt-type" design. An unmarked Shield type wrist escutcheon with matching, smooth and nicely toned, brass surfaces. Regulation Pattern 1777, Thread engraved, Brown Bess lock with two screws behind its gooseneck hammer with correct "Wartime" notched top spur. Engraved with a very sharp Crown/"GR" Royal Cypher and with a matching "TOWER", on its tail. In overall very fine+/near excellent untouched original flintlock condition. Very fine stock with choice walnut surfaces, 90%+ finish, crisp markings and only some minor scattered handling marks and signs of use. The barrel with very smooth untouched surfaces and a fine touch hole and bore. The lock with its original components, sharp markings, a strong mainspring, very fine timing and 85%+ (latent) polish. Complete with its original button-head ramrod and both of its sling swivels. Overall length, 58". An excellent example of a Rare Revolutionary War Emergency Production Second Model Bess Musket, ca. 1779. The Pattern 1779-S Shortland Musket was the "Emergency Production" longarm accepted by the Board of Ordnance, ca. 1779 to arm the British troops fighting the American Colonists. Its reduced hardware (sideplate) made the musket quicker and less costly  to produce. *** For similar examples and additional information, please see George C. Neumann's: "Battle Weapons of the American Revolution", pg. 68 and Bill Ahern’s: “Muskets of the Revolution”. *** A scarce Pattern 1779-S American Revolutionary War Produced& likely American Used Brown Bess Musket in very nicely preserved condition. Complete with its original/correct Bayonet with matching steel-gray surfaces. In overall very fine+ condition. Regulation Pattern, tapered, triangular-form, flat, 17” blade with a bottom flute/blood-groove and a collared socket. Of Shortland Pattern Brown Bess design with a wide blade and a Crown Board of Ordnance Acceptance mark. In very fine condition with smooth steel-gray surfaces, some isolated patches of light discoloration and sharp contours. Clearly marked, on the base of the blade with a “WOOLEY & DEAKIN” maker's mark. In overall fine condition Overall length, 21 1/2".

Price: $16,575.00

Paul M. Ambrose
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