Rare untouched Revolutionary War Brown Bess Long Land pattern musket
, .80 caliber, the lock inscribed Wilets 1761
, with crown mark, the barrel inscribed with a crown over GR, over a broad arrow proof mark and 10
under a star, having a brass domed side plate with tail, the original walnut stock is carved E. T. 1778
on the right side and CB
on the left side, shield shaped escutcheon behind upper tang, retains what appears to be the original wood ramrod, 59'' barrel. This gun descended through the original family in Rumson, New Jersey, there are two very similar guns at the Fort Ticonderoga museum where they refer to them as wall guns. Sold with a folder of copied papers in regards to Edmund D. Thomas of New Jersey who was mustered as a private in Capt. Bloomfield's Company, Third Battalion, November 25th, 1775; cadet - ditto, as an Ensign, Capt. Dickerson's Company, ditto, July 19th, 1776; ensign, Capt. Dickerson's Company, Third Battalion, Second Establishment, November 29th, , 1776; First Lieutenant, ditto, November 11th, 1777; Lieutenant, Third Regiment; Captain by brevet; discharged at the close of the war. Also included is a multitude of copies from muster ledgers and officers reports referencing Edmund D. Thomas.
Lock does not stay cocked, a 3'' by 2'' repair to left toe of butt stock, tack on right butt stock, losses to ramrod, stock has been overlapped and pinned together about 24'' from muzzle, losses to left side of fore stock and is broken at the last pin.