an780a.75” Percussion musket bore fusil by JOHN WIGGAN with Ducal coronet to the stock.

£1795

 

.75” Percussion musket bore fusil by JOHN WIGGAN with Ducal coronet to the stock. The lock of the pattern used by the East India Co. on their A and B pattern muskets and fusils has a bun nut retained hammer and is engraved JOHN WIGGAN with serial or rack number 8. Walnut stock with EIC pattern brass furniture including the scroll trigger guard of the fusil type is stamped to the right side with 8 and to the left with a large Crown of Ducal form over F. Nose cap with EIC pattern bayonet spring catch. London proofed barrel with standing rear sight is engraved 8 on the tang. Made by Wiggan to the exact specification of the EIC large bore fusil, which he also made for that company, several of these guns with the large crown on the stock are know to exist. We have over the years seen numbers 3, 7, 23 and 17 and now 8, all the guns have been in very good condition. It is believed they were made for a Duke to arm his servants and ground keepers, presumably to defend his estates in the event of invasion from the continent or more likely from poachers and thieves from the local area. In very good condition with good bore, sharp, well marked stock with large old repair to the toe and some original finish to the metal work A nice gun with an interesting history that would warrant further research.

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