A Volunteer 46” musket by Freeman

Stock Code: 8439

8439 A Volunteer 46” musket by Freeman. 61” overall, 46” musket bore barrel with blade foresight. Engraved ‘Freeman London 20’ with London proofmarks. Banana shaped rounded lockplate engraved ‘Freeman’ and ‘20’ on the tail. Bridleless spoon shaped pan, frizzen spring with a tear drop finial, swan neck cock, regulation stye brass mounts comprising a butt plate and an escutcheon with ‘M20’. Trigger guard of the 1730 pattern, S shaped sideplate, 3 ramrod pipes and a brass tail pipe but no fore-end cap. Iron ramrod and steel sling swivels. Walnut full stock with high comb and carved around the tang and swell around the fore-end. With its original bayonet (numbered 20) and scabbard and original leather and wood cartridge bag stamped with an ‘M’ and ‘20’.


Musket in very good condition apart form a very small amount of old worm damage to butt. Bayonet in good condition, bayonet scabbard split on seam. Cartridge bag in fragile condition.

One of a stand of 50 muskets removed from Shirburn Castle Oxfordshire.

 SHIRBURN CASTLE near Oxford , home to the 1st Earl of Macclesfield .The Castle remained the seat for the Earls until 2004 when the current Earl, the ninth was evicted by his own Estate Trustees supposedly for misdirecting family assets. The castle had been put in Trust by the eighth Earl to avoid debilitating taxation and effectively the family lost control of the estate. As it happened a legal battle ensued resulting in the current Earl having to vacate the property but by taking with him all its contents which, it was ruled, were not part of the Trust. Everything was sold including the entire armory containing 50 numbered 46" Brown Bess Muskets with bayonets commissioned by the 2nd Earl of Macclesfield in the 1740s.Which this is one.

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Price: £9,995.00

Available: Yes

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