WHEELER & SON, BIRMINGHAM
A GOOD .750 FLINTLOCK MUSKET, MODEL 'INDIA PATTERN BROWN BESS', no visible serial number,
circa 1820, with 39in. Birmingham proofed barrel with block fore-sight / bayonet lug at muzzle, baluster turned breech, plain lock of slightly rounded form with makers name "WHEELER & SON" to centre, and fitted with a ring neck cock, brass-mounted walnut stock of regulation pattern with sling swivels and contemporary replacement rod, complete with a correct India pattern socket bayonet with 16in. triangular blade
Provenance: This musket is almost certainly from the workshops of Robert Wheeler who passed away in 1799. His son, also Robert, continued in the business until 1836 when he also passed away aged 85. The firm were contractors to the Board of Ordnance and also prolific suppliers of guns to Africa and also the Hudson Bay Company. The name 'Wheeler & Son' was used on a number of occasions, but mainly during the period 1814-1824
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