Gun retains a pleasing patina overall. Stock is solid with some chips out around the lock as well as along the forend. Was checkered at some point in the wrist. Done quite a long time ago. Barrel has been shortened to 36 inches and what appears to be a hand made 1816 US musket style band has been added. Good working order. Converted to percussion using the drum method. Looks to be a modified sporting hammer. The barrel looks like it was regimentally marked at some point, however, we are not going to clean off the patina to see what it says. Butt plate tang is hand engraved: 8/ J/ 53. Clear British proofs on the lock and barrel. There were 2nd model Brown Bess's in the Revolution, and come the time of the American Civil War, many were converted to percussion by both North and South to meet the need for arms. This could have been converted by either side.
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