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    Lockplate from old British Flintlock - Maybe a Brown Bess???

    Hello,

    Does anyone have any idea of the age of this flintlock lockplate?

    Thanks,
    MB

    Update// I'm going to call this one solved.. i think there is enough info to date this one... i am going to do more research... if I find something else... I'll post it... I think this is going to get a display case all it's own... a wall hanger...

    MB
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    Re: Lockplate from old British Flintlock Year???

    Well...

    G.R. is "Georgius Rex." So that should give you the time frame.


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    Re: Lockplate from old British Flintlock Year???

    I don't know how old it is but it's freakin' cool as hell. I would love to find something like that It looks like it's in great condition too, was it a dug up find?

    HH Charlie


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    Re: Lockplate from old British Flintlock Year???

    Quote Originally Posted by BuckleBoy
    Well...

    G.R. is "Georgius Rex." So that should give you the time frame.


    Best Wishes,


    Buckleboy
    Well huh.. I read it as "GB" not Rex.. as in king.. well maybe it is time to start wearing my glasses!!! damn.. I'm only 42!!! Guess that answers that one.. ;-)

    Thanks,
    MB




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    Re: Lockplate from old British Flintlock Year???

    Excellent find!

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    Re: Lockplate from old British Flintlock Year???

    Quote Originally Posted by MonkeyBoy
    Quote Originally Posted by BuckleBoy
    Well...

    G.R. is "Georgius Rex." So that should give you the time frame.


    Best Wishes,


    Buckleboy
    Well huh.. I read it as "GB" not Rex.. as in king.. well maybe it is time to start wearing my glasses!!! damn.. I'm only 42!!! Guess that answers that one.. ;-)

    Thanks,
    MB




    There is over a century range for King George I, II, III, and IV... But I would think that the lock plate dates from George I, George II, or early George III reign--since British imports to the U.S. were not as common in the years immediately following the Revolution. So I figure it is 230-270 years old.


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    Re: Lockplate from old British Flintlock Year???

    Hey MB...That's got the same frizzen as the one I found yesterday. The ones on the brown bess look the same as well. Great find.
    Randy

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    Re: Lockplate from old British Flintlock Year???

    Quote Originally Posted by BuckleBoy
    Quote Originally Posted by MonkeyBoy
    Quote Originally Posted by BuckleBoy
    Well...

    G.R. is "Georgius Rex." So that should give you the time frame.


    Best Wishes,


    Buckleboy
    Well huh.. I read it as "GB" not Rex.. as in king.. well maybe it is time to start wearing my glasses!!! damn.. I'm only 42!!! Guess that answers that one.. ;-)

    Thanks,
    MB




    There is over a century range for King George I, II, III, and IV... But I would think that the lock plate dates from George I, George II, or early George III reign--since British imports to the U.S. were not as common in the years immediately following the Revolution. So I figure it is 230-270 years old.


    -Buckles
    By the design and evolution of the Brown Bess.. it looks to be the 4th design.. based on the screw placement and over all "look".. but all the ones I found online have Tower stamped on the rear.. this one does have the Tower mark above the crown.. also.. the number "8" in stamped in the band of the crown.. I have not been able too find that either.. so I'm not sure what to think..

    MB

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    Re: Lockplate from old British Flintlock Year???

    Did a good bit of checking...

    How's this one?


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    .60 calibre Pagent carbine (c. 1812)


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    Getting closer... Although I think that the lock plate is earlier than that. The style of the crown is different, so I think George II era might be more accurate.



    So yours does have the Tower mark?
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    Re: Lockplate from old British Flintlock Year???

    Quote Originally Posted by BuckleBoy
    Did a good bit of checking...

    How's this one?


    http://www.beauxartsusa.com/Locks.htm


    .60 calibre Pagent carbine (c. 1812)







    Getting closer... Although I think that the lock plate is earlier than that. The style of the crown is different, so I think George II era might be more accurate.



    So yours does have the Tower mark?
    Seems like the upper right design is different.. ?? yes, it has the tower proof above the crown.. just not the word "Tower" on the heel.. like most plates I found online..

    MB

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    Re: Lockplate from old British Flintlock Year???

    Quote Originally Posted by RPG
    Hey MB...That's got the same frizzen as the one I found yesterday. The ones on the brown bess look the same as well. Great find.
    Randy
    can you post a pic?

    MB

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    Re: Lockplate from old British Flintlock Year???

    Quote Originally Posted by MonkeyBoy
    Quote Originally Posted by RPG
    Hey MB...That's got the same frizzen as the one I found yesterday. The ones on the brown bess look the same as well. Great find.
    Randy
    can you post a pic?

    MB
    http://forum.treasurenet.com/index.p...,226574.0.html

    I think RELICDUDE07 nailed it.

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    Re: Lockplate from old British Flintlock Year???

    If you need a lock plate that is musket sized rather than pistol sized, the reproduction plate in reply #50 of this post seems to be exactly right in terms of design, just without the markings. Maybe a PM to Charlie P. to find out what model it is...

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    Re: Lockplate from old British Flintlock Year???

    Quote Originally Posted by BuckleBoy
    If you need a lock plate that is musket sized rather than pistol sized, the reproduction plate in reply #50 of this post seems to be exactly right in terms of design, just without the markings. Maybe a PM to Charlie P. to find out what model it is...

    http://forum.treasurenet.com/index.p...topicseen.html
    I search for the specs on the Brown Bess lockplate and it is 183Mm x 32MM which works out to be pretty much dead on mine.. just a little over 7 inches.. but that also is true for flintlocks up in to the 1800s..

    MB

 

 
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