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Pattern 1853 Crimean War Veteran c1855


A genuine Crimean War veteran, Pattern 1853, 2nd model percussion musket dated 1855. The markings on the butt tang indicate issuance to the 7th company of the 34th Cumberland Regiment of Foot. The 34th suffered considerable casualties in heavy fighting at the siege of Sevastopol.

The 34th also saw fighting at Cawnpore and Lucknow during the Indian Mutiny (1875 – 58).

The second model is identified by the spring retained barrel bands.

The .577 calibre, rifled and sighted barrel measures 39 inches with the whole arm measuring 55 inches. The rifling is still well defined but there is considerable pitting.

The lock is marked with the royal ‘VR’ cypher, ‘1855 / TOWER’ and government inspection marks. The action is still strong, holding both half and full cock and releasing as intended.

All three spring retained barrel band, two with inspection marks are present.

The barrel has the standard military proof marks along with a sold out of service mark. The barrel also retains its original ladder sights.

All the iron parts show signs of use with varying degrees or corrosion, see the photos. The full length stock is in a solid condition with an arsenal repair to the butt evident. See photos.

The butt tang is marked ‘ 34 / RGT / 7 / 55 ’. This translates to 34th Regiment, 7th Company, rack number 55. The 34th Regiment was raised in 1702 and saw service up to and including the Indian Mutiny of 1857.

A previous owner has carved the initials ‘EF’ into the butt stock.

All in all an good condition musket that saw service in the both the Crimean War and the Indian Mutiny.

Sold as a collector item only.

Price includes shipping in Australia, lay buy available.

Stock No. L56

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