Robert Brookes of London James II Musketoon

.75 caliber, 30.75" barrel, no S/N. Extremely rare James II flintlock musketoon by Robert Brookes, London (1675 - 1689). With {crown} / JR marked on lock. These late 17th-century British flintlock military arms are never seen by American collectors. This example by Robert Brookes has a classic late 17th-century banana-shaped flintlock lock, beautifully engraved with the maker's name at toe. Crown over JR mark is clear, Spanish form barrel, octagonal-to-round, is beautifully marked with British military acceptance stamps on flat, and "RB" for Robert Brooks on left flat at breech. The heavy barrel is swamped at the muzzle with a silver foresight. Iron triggerguard with original nail fashioned brass buttplate and turned brass ramrod pipes. Rudimentary raised carving at breech. Three screws hold the lock in. The only example of a James II musketoon we have had, a genuine museum piece that could well have been used in Colonial America following service with the British army under King James. 


The blackened walnut full stock is in fine condition for its age. With evidence of a repair forward of the lock mortise. Lock condition is very fine for age, all small parts appear to be original, some evidence of pitting on jaw screw and sides of frizzen. Markings are clear. Barrel has expected medium pitting throughout, as does triggerguard.

Estimate: $5,000 - $10,000
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