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Here is a reference a mere ten years after the thread title of 1730's...

[Maryland] Assembly Proceedings, April 23 – June 5, 1740

To the honourable Levin Gale Esqѓ One Musket with Bayonet and Belt two Broad Swords and Belts and two Pair of Pistols

Thirty Cartouch Boxes, a Trumpet two bags of Bullets and a quarter Cask of Powder

To Captain William Rogers forty Muskets two Drums the Colours, one half Pike a quarter Cask of Powder, a Cag of Bullets and a New Muskett with a Bayonett


To ditto nine Muskets

So notice the distinction in the reference, between "muskets" and "New Muskett"..., and since the LLP Bess was only about 12 years old at the time when this record was made..., I venture a guess that a "new" musket might be what We Today call a 1728 style LLP Bess. 🤔

So what might the other muskets have been?

Well the matchlocks, wheellock pistols, and snaphance muskets of seven decade prior are not likely. So perhaps the interim style lock is an educated guess. So perhaps something like this...

English Military Musket Lock... Pre "Bess"...c. 1714-1727
Yes the lock is marked "GR" for King George, but it's for King George I who reigned 1714-1727

DOG LOCK MUSKET Lock English 1710-1720.JPG


The design persisted into the 19th century as the Swedes really liked it. Here is a Swedish 1791 musket lock. Not the lack of a double throated cock and lack of tail at back of lock, unlike 80 year old English lock above...
DOG LOCK MUSKET Swede 1791.JPG


Luckily there are some repros made with the dog lock:

DOG LOCK MUSKET Lock.JPG


DOG LOCK MUSKET full.JPG


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Here is a reference a mere ten years after the thread title of 1730's...

[Maryland] Assembly Proceedings, April 23 – June 5, 1740

To the honourable Levin Gale Esqѓ One Musket with Bayonet and Belt two Broad Swords and Belts and two Pair of Pistols

Thirty Cartouch Boxes, a Trumpet two bags of Bullets and a quarter Cask of Powder

To Captain William Rogers forty Muskets two Drums the Colours, one half Pike a quarter Cask of Powder, a Cag of Bullets and a New Muskett with a Bayonett


To ditto nine Muskets

So notice the distinction in the reference, between "muskets" and "New Muskett"..., and since the LLP Bess was only about 12 years old at the time when this record was made..., I venture a guess that a "new" musket might be what We Today call a 1728 style LLP Bess. 🤔

So what might the other muskets have been?

Well the matchlocks, wheellock pistols, and snaphance muskets of seven decade prior are not likely. So perhaps the interim style lock is an educated guess. So perhaps something like this...

English Military Musket Lock... Pre "Bess"...c. 1714-1727
Yes the lock is marked "GR" for King George, but it's for King George I who reigned 1714-1727

View attachment 76297

The design persisted into the 19th century as the Swedes really liked it. Here is a Swedish 1791 musket lock. Not the lack of a double throated cock and lack of tail at back of lock, unlike 80 year old English lock above...
View attachment 76298

Luckily there are some repros made with the dog lock:

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That very early period of arsenal muskets has many patterns that Are very interesting and have made it into various by Arnes, Bailey and Moller.

The early English Infantry Musket some had dog locks, some didn’t It seems. Then theres the Queen Ann Pattern which is a unique blend of British and Dutch Characteristics. Giving rise to the eventual King’s Musket That Was made in significant numbers.

It always amazed me as to the similarities between British and Dutch Muskets, the Dutch types 1-3 are pretty much Brown Bess Muskets in most aspects.
 

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It always amazed me as to the similarities between British and Dutch Muskets, the Dutch types 1-3 are pretty much Brown Bess Muskets in most aspects.
So I wonder did the Dutch "like" the design, and it influenced the Brits, OR did the Dutch use what the British "liked" as perhaps the British were their best customer? It was a rather large army at that time, and a lot of the regiments were still outfitted by a wealthy patron, rather than the Crown paying for the arms.

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So I wonder did the Dutch "like" the design, and it influenced the Brits, OR did the Dutch use what the British "liked" as perhaps the British were their best customer? It was a rather large army at that time, and a lot of the regiments were still outfitted by a wealthy patron, rather than the Crown paying for the arms.

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a little while back I had inquired to the Rifle Shoppe about purchasing a Dutch musket kit, one with a double bridled lock and stock with a good amount f drop. Jess suggested to overlook the Dutch arms and go with a with a 1728 Bess with a special casted plate with a bridal , or a 1742 Bess. Jess described the relationship between Dutch and British muskets as being all of Dutch origin because many British contractors had British muskets built in Holland/Belgium consequently that history was lost during WW2 With the bombing of Liege, Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

However, some author’s contradict that as the British had a strong influence in the German states as well As many German / Prussian muskets were very Bess like.

Original Dutch muskets are very hard to come by, the ones I’ve seen in books by Moller and Arnes look very Queen Ann to me.
 

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Gun building in Williamsburg, VA began with John Brush who arrived from London in 1717. He was a master in the Gun Makers’ Guild in England, before he was induced to come over and become the Master Armorer at the then pretty new Magazine (built in 1715) to store all the arms Virginia had recently acquired. (I have often wondered what the heck they offered a Master Gunsmith from London to give up a lucrative trade in "Civilized London" and come to Virginia? Grin.)

Magazine : The Colonial Williamsburg Official History & Citizenship Site (slaveryandremembrance.org)

John was a no doubt an accomplished gunsmith as there is a flintlock screw barrel pistol he built here, that is the only arm still extant attributable to him. We know he made fowlers here as well, but no rifles in case some are wondering. John did not live long here, though, as he passed in 1726.

Two computers ago, I had the text from one of his advertisements where he offered (and I'm paraphrasing) to convert matchlocks, dog locks and other arms to the latest fashion - meaning a true flintlock. He would not have advertised the services for guns with locks that were no longer in use or at least people still had them.

The then most recent British Military Musket was the Pattern 1703 Dog Lock that LD already mentioned. (Note: It was with this pattern musket the British gave up forever on Matchlock Muskets, as they still had been buying some matchlocks as late as the mid to late 1690's.)

Here is a pic of a Pattern 1703 Musket, though it has been modified with a "Nose Band."

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Here is another:

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More on this musket may be found here;
Pattern 1703 Land Service Musket 2946M, 372 | Skinner Auctioneers (skinnerinc.com)

As to Dutch influence on British Arms, the trigger guard on the P1730 British Musket was a direct copy of a rather elegant Dutch design. However, it proved much too weak in the hands of troops, so they changed to a much more robust design in 1740 that was used on British Muskets for most of the rest of the 18th century.

As to LD's quote above: "To Captain William Rogers forty Muskets two Drums the Colours, one half Pike a quarter Cask of Powder, a Cag of Bullets and a New Muskett with a Bayonett"

I would be extremely skeptical of it being a P1730 Musket as the only source Bailey has found of that pattern sent to America were the arms sent to Governor Oglethorpe in GA in the late 1730's (along with Naval Cutlasses as British Ordnance had no Infantry Hangers that Oglethorpe had requested.) Governor Oglethorpe was a personal friend of the King and between that and the fact the colony of Georgia was a buffer to Spanish held Florida, were the only reasons they got brand new muskets. All the rest of the British Ordnance owned P1730's were reserved to re-arm the Regular British Army.

Now it MAY have been a commercial/contract copy of the P1730 made by gunsmiths in England "for the trade," but I really doubt it would have been a British Ordnance Musket.

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