Extremely Rare Duke of Richmond's Flintlock Musket by Henry Nock.

Stock Code: gp01

Extremely Rare Duke of Richmond's Flintlock Musket by Henry Nock. 54” overall, 39” round smooth bore barrel with proof marks and ‘HN’ mark, musket bore. Fitted with prototype Henry Nock screw-less lock. Ring neck cock, frizzen pan flash guard engraved with Crown GR with swivelling face plate and brass screw-less box lock action, signed ‘HN’ internally. Walnut full stock with brass furniture comprising butt plate, trigger guard, 3 ramrod pipes, a throat pipe, and a fore-end cap. No side plate, lock retained by single screw through brass washer. Heavy double ended rammer, sold with extensive research on this unique musket. Experimental musket made by Nock circa 1786

The Duke of Richmond’s Musket is one of the great rarities of British military arms collecting. Originally intended to become the standard British infantry arm, this radical new flintlock musket with Henry Nock’s state-of-the-art enclosed lock began production in 1792, just one year before Britain entered the wars against France that would continue until 1815.

The resulting need for large numbers of muskets doomed what many arms historians believe was the finest flintlock musket ever made. Wartime necessity forced the British Army to turn to the India Pattern Musket, a much lower quality gun that could be manufactured much faster, at lower cost, and in huge quantities. Production of the Duke of Richmond’s Musket was therefore very limited and lasted only five years. As a result, most dealers and collectors have never seen one of these rare muskets, and even most arms museums lack this gun in their collections.

Provenance: Dr GM Pedlow, Senior Historical Officer, NATO

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Price: £16,495.00

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