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    Revolutionary War era Brown Bess restoration project

    Current restoration project. East India Company Brown Bess musket circa 1779 or so. From the huge stash of antique guns found in an abandoned palace in Nepal by Christian Cranmer from International Military Antiques. There is a very cool video on youtube detailing how he came into having these. 55,000 antique weapons total. I put it here because although this particular one never saw action in the Revolutionary War it is identical to the one that was carried by my 7th generation grandfather, Seth Brooks who fought at the Battle of Lexington & Concord and throughout the Revolution. I have also posted a picture of his Brown Bess he used later in the war as well as another that was used by his friend Samuel Fararr. Both of them are still in my family. Seth Brooks musket was converted to percussion in the 1800s and used for hunting for many years. Click image for larger version. 

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    us
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    Here is the video. Warning... it's an hour long.
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    NHBandit, nice pics of the old muskets and the personal Family History that goes along with those two muskets. Thanks for sharing.

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    Finished. What a challenging project. Attachment 1712632Attachment 1712633Attachment 1712634
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    Quote Originally Posted by NHBandit View Post
    Finished. What a challenging project. Attachment 1712632Attachment 1712633Attachment 1712634
    Looks great ...... you should put a flint in the clasp
    I would rather see an authentic broken scraper posted than a G-10 Artifake!

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    Looks great!

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    Feb 2017
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    Looks great! All you had was the barrel to begin with?


    "And so the population was gradually led into the demoralising temptations of arcades, baths, and sumptuous banquets. The unsuspecting Britons spoke of such novelties as 'civilisation', when in fact they were only a feature of their enslavement." Tacitus, Roman Senator and Historian, written AD 98.

 

 

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