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A VERY GOOD AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD COMNMERICIALLY MANUFACTURED FIRST MODEL/LONGLAND PATTERN 1756 BROWN BESS MUSKET, by “GRICE”, ca. 1760: In overall very good+ original flintlock condition. Regulation, .78 caliber, 46", pin-fastened, smoothbore, iron barrel with its top-mounted bayonet lug/sight: baluster-turned breech with the faintest of vestiges of its proof marks. Gunmetal toned, generally smooth, steel surfaces with some scattered pitting and discoloration. Regulation-Pattern, thread engraved, P. 1756 lock with its bridled powder-pan, rounded lockplate and its original gooseneck hammer. The inside of the lockplate with a “WG” maker’s mark, for William Grice of Birmingham, UK: a noted Gunmaker 1743-1777 and Contractor to the Board of Ordnance 1756. (please see E. Heer's: "Der Neue Stockel", vol. 1, pg. 460). In mechanically functional order with a strong mainspring and its original components. The lockplate, hammer and frizzen with a gunmetal gray age patina and patches of discoloration/pitting, en suite with the barrel. Longland Pattern fullstock with molded and carved teardrop borders around the lock and sideplate mortises, a raised lobe at the ramrod entry pipe and a deeply fluted comb, on the buttstock. The stock with generally sharp contours, smooth surfaces, some scattered handling marks, 75%+ finish, tight hairlines/repairs, abrasions and minor slivered losses. Regulation Pattern Brass mounts: the trigger-guard with a raised hazelnut forward finial, a long stepped buttplate, a vacant shield-type wrist-escutcheon, a raised sideplate with a tail and four (4) baluster form ramrod pipes for the iron ramrod. The furniture with a smooth mustard-colored age patina and sharp contours. In overall very good+ original flintlock condition. A classic example of a likely American-Used French & Indian/Revolutionary War Period Pattern 1756 Longland Brown Bess Musket, ca. 1760. Overall length, 61 1/2”. For similar examples, plese see G. C. Neumann’s: “Battle Weapons of the American Revolution”, pg. 73, 74 & 75.