An English flintlock officer's fusil
Lot 3354ANTIQUE
An English flintlock officer's fusil
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Lot Details
An English flintlock officer's fusil
second half 18th century
Tapered round 36 inch barrel in .69 caliber smoothbore; silver fore-sight in brass teardrop-shaped mount; breech with sighting flat marked Sharp London and marked with Tower view and proof for private arms and with maker's mark: a star over WS. Engraved and sighted tang. Rounded lock with swan-necked cock and dentate border and signed Sharp. Brass furniture comprising fore-end cap, ramrod thimbles, triggerguard with acorn finial and dentate border and counterplate and buttplate engraved with borders and panoplies of arms. Brass wrist escutcheon of oval form molded with a casque a la antique above, a saber entwined with ribbons to the left and below a bearded head; the center engraved 38, possibly the regimental numeral. Walnut stock relief-carved behind the barrel tang with a shell. Steel ramrod.
Condition: Very good. Grey metal with mottled patina showing areas of light pitting. Touch hole is oversized but lock does not appear to be reconverted or a replacement. Brass with unpolished patina. Sling swivels missing. Wood with scattered light marks, generally sharp edges, small hairline crack above upper thimble, replaced section of wood retaining the center thimble, repaired hairline crack at lower thimble and with crack between rear of lock and triggerguard.
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Footnotes

  • Note: Possibly for an officer of the 38th Regiment of Foot, raised in 1705 as Luke Lillingstone's Regiment of Foot, numbered the 38th Foot in 1751 and the 1st Staffordshire Regiment in 1782, they saw service in the American Revolution, Napoleonic Wars, Indian Mutiny, the Crimean War and many other campaigns.
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