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A muzzle loading .75 calibre percussion musket. It has a brass butt plate, trigger guard and nose cap and three ramrod pipes. " TOWER " is marked on the nameplate along with a crown over "VR". There are proof marks on the barrel. " R. S " has been roughly carved on the stock. There are no swing swivels and the ramrod is missing.
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This musket is an example of a cut down flintlock conversion of the early 1840s. It is likely to have been cut down and converted to a percussion weapon before it was shipped out to New Zealand. It is likely it arrived here in the 1840s with the British Imperial Regiments as this is the sort of firearm they were carrying at the time.
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