Richard Wilson Brown Bess Musket, 1761

Richard Wilson Brown Bess Musket, 1761

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Description (Brief)
This British musket was produced in London for use by the colony of New Jersey in the French and Indian War. New Jersey retained the musket and issued it to patriot forces at the beginning of the Revolutionary War.
Object Name
musket, flintlock
Other Terms
Musket; Firearms; Army; Militia; Flintlock;.72 In; Smooth Bore; Mr; Sa
Date made
ca. 1761
place made
United Kingdom
associated place
United States: New Jersey
United States
overall: 61 1/2 in; x 156.21 cm
overall: 62 1/2 in x 2 7/8 in; 158.75 cm x 7.3025 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
collector/donor number
Credit Line
Adriana Scalamandre Bitter and Edwin Ward Bitter for the Bitter Family Collection
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Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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