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H9608 Musket, 'Brown Bess', Great Britain, 1810-1820. Click to enlarge.

Musket, ‘Brown Bess’

Made 1810-1820

Earlier versions of this musket travelled to Australia with the First Fleet, arriving in here in 1788. The Brown Bess musket was the standard long arm supplied to the Marines at the time. Australia’s first European sharp shooter, John McEntire, a convict entrusted to hunt for the first colony of Europeans, used a Brown Bess musket to hunt game.

Escaped convicts had stolen arms prior to the gold rush; however, by-and-large the arms were stolen for fundamental survival, not to assist larceny of c...

Summary

Object No.

H9608

Object Statement

Musket, 'Brown Bess', Great Britain, 1810-1820

Physical Description

'Brown Bess' flintlock musket, India Pattern version.

Production

Notes

Produced in Great Britain, 1810-1820.

Made

1810-1820

History

Notes

Used by British colonial forces in Australia.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Warren Anderson, 1982

Acquisition Date

26 July 1982

Cite this Object

Harvard

Musket, 'Brown Bess' 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 21 July 2019, <https://ma.as/257811>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/257811 |title=Musket, 'Brown Bess' |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=21 July 2019 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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