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AN EXTREMELY RARE BATTLE OF SARATOGA SURRENDERED REGIMENTALLY MARKED (20th REGIMENT OF FOOT) FIRST MODEL/LONGLAND PATTERN 1756 BROWN BESS MUSKET, dtd. 1760 (Ex. GEORGE C. NEUMANN COLLECTION): In overall fine+, untouched original flintlock condition. The round, Regulation length, pin-fastened, 46", sighted, .78 caliber, iron, smoothbore barrel with two Board of Ordnance Tower proof marks on the center of the breech and a “” maker’s mark, on the left side. Pattern 1756 lock with single screw behind the thread-engraved gooseneck hammer, its original trefoil frizzen spring and marked "JORDAN/1760”, on the tail. The face of the lock with an engraved "Crown GR" Royal cypher and a Govt. ownership Crown/Broad Arrow, beneath the powder-pan. Very good, deeply toned, lock surfaces with untouched markings having evident wear to the engraving. The border of the lockplate, the top jaw, hammer and frizzen with double thread engraving. Regulation Longland Pattern walnut fullstock with a raised carved beaver-tail apron around the barrel tang. A raised lobe on the handrail, at the tailpipe; and the right side of the buttstock with a faint storekeeper's mark and a Branded 20th Regt. Regimental marking for the English 20th Regiment of Foot, who involved in the Relief of Quebec in May, 1776 and Fought & Surrendered, at the Battle of Saratoga, in 1777 (Please see A. Darling’s: “Red Coat and Brown Bess”, pg. 56 & 60). Also, marked behind the trigger-guard and sideplate with various inspector’s/acceptance marks and with a “TC” marking, in the ramrod channel. Regulation Pattern full brass mounts: the buttplate with a pin-fastened 3-stepped long tang, the trigger-guard with a raised hazel nut finial and its rear sling-swivel. A raised sideplate with tail, a pin-fastened nose-cap, a vacant Shield type wrist escutcheon and four (4) baluster ramrod pipes (for iron rammer). In overall fine+ original flintlock condition. The iron surfaces retain a smooth evenly toned untouched gunmetal patina with some light isolated patches of discoloration. In mechanically functional order with its original lock components: the frizzen has been replaced with an original. Very good stock with 85% finish, some minor handling marks, various American Revolutionary War Period owner-carved initials and an old repaired 10” sliver, at the fore-end. Fine Brass furniture with an untouched smooth mustard patina. A very nice and original Longland Pattern Brown Bess Musket from the personal Collection of George C. Neumann. Original iron button-head ramrod. Overall length 62". ****Accompanied by a 1975 dated letter of provenance, from noted author & historian, George C. Neumann, stating how this Musket was Surrendered to the Americans, at the Battle of Saratoga (1777) and then used by American forces, throughout the War. A rare and historic, investment grade Longland Pattern Brown Bess Musket.