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East India Company Pattern 1842 Musket

.75 caliber, 39" round, wedge retained barrel, no S/N. Blued and color case hardened finish, brass mountings, walnut stock. Lock with East India Company "Rampant Lion" mark, barrel with London commercial proofs. Additional markings on triggerguard in a foreign character language, possibly Punjabi. Fixed rear sight, socket bayonet lug, spring bayonet catch, sling swivels, iron button head ramrod.

At one time the East India Company's private army was one of the largest military forces in the world, larger even than the British standing army. This is one of the guns purchased commercially, based on British military patterns, and issued to their native troops in India.

Condition:

Good. Retains traces of finish with an oxidized brownish patina, showing scattered surface roughness and some pitting. Mechanically functional, fair bore is dirty and pitted. Original bun-nut hammer screw missing with a period replacement in place. Stock with scattered dings, mars and moderate wear.

Estimate: $500 - $700
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$470
09/12/2018

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