Re: Brown Bess Escutcheon Lettering
Two books, both of which are on my to get list. Don Hagist
and Todd Braisted were able to help with markings on multiple
battalion weapons. Looks like the barrels with marked with the
regiment and battalion, and the escutcheon plates simply used
A through K as the numbers. Simple enough. Believe it or not,
there are two Long Land 71st besses out there, both shortened
I believe. Thanks for the assist Harry. Best of luck in the field
--- In WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com, "Harry" <hpilotto42@...> wrote:
> For info on British markings, try SMALL ARMS OF THE BRITISH FORCES IN AMERICA 1664-1815 by DeWitt Bailey, chapter 16. Also his other book PATTERN DATES FOR BRITISH SMALL ARMS 1718-1783, pages 5-7. (This latter work also established nominclature of the Brown Bess, based on dates of manufactuer. It is a simple system that gets away from the older and confusing "1st Pattern, 2d Pattern, etc.")
> Excellent pictures of 71st Regt markings on a Pattern 1769 musket can be found in THE BROWN BESS BY Erik Goldstein & Stuart Mowbray, page 95.(They use Bailey's Pattern Date system. A highly recommended book IMHO).
> Bailey's research shows that arms marked in the Tower show a uniformity. Those marked locally varey greatly in style.
> If memory serves, the 71st was issued 2000 new '69 Pattern muskets and bayonets from the Tower stores in December 1775. The strong implication here is that they would all have the standard engraving.
> Hope this helps.
> 42d RHR
> --- In WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com, "Alexander John Good" <Myrmiddon@> wrote:
> > Hi All,
> > Does anyone know of any British 3rd (or 2nd) pattern besses
> > from a Regiment's SECOND Battalion that surive, and if they
> > show any Company numbering or lettering? Trying to figure out
> > how the second Btn's lettered their weapons.
> > Thanks all!
> > Alex