A .656 PATTERN 1859 ENFIELD NATIVE INFANTRY THREE BAND PERCUSSION MUSKET, CIRCA 1864, serial number 358,
with 39in. barrel stamped at the breech with Enfield proof and inspection stamps together with a marking in Indian script, fitted with a block front-sight with a triangular sighting top (a feature unique to these muskets) and fixed block vee rear-sight, the lock stamped on the tail with the Crown V.R. cypher and '1864 ENFIELD' to the centre, regulation brass mounted full walnut stock, complete with sling swivels and original rammer
Provenance: This is one of just 14,000 Pattern 1859 native infantry muskets made at the Royal Small Arms Factory Enfield. The P59 was one of a family of smoothbore variations of the Enfield produced for issue to sepoy regiments in the East India Government's army. After the mutiny of 1857 and due to a question of trust, it was decided that native regiment be armed with inferior weapons to those of British regulars. This musket was made at Enfield to the highest standards of the day, shipped to India and issued to a sepoy of the Bengal Army, then at a later date when obsolete was one of a quantity supplied to the Maharajah of Faridkot for issue to his private army. Approx. 200 to 300 of these muskets were purchased and returned to Britain by Westley Richards, the last batch being in 1990
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