Brown Bess NB Militia Ramsey Sutherland Example
- Licensing Category: Antique
- Maker: Brown Bess
An excellent plus example of a 3rd Pattern Brown Bess built by Ramsay and Sutherland circa 1920 for the New Brunswick militia. This example shows the original 39" barrel with a bright excellent bore and Birmingham proofs. This example shows the very unusual copper flashing which was applied at the time of assembly & covers the complete barrel unit. This may have been an experimental finish as opposed to the original bright finish of the period. These militia muskets were ordered by the New Brunswick government council to replaced the depleted Tower Muskets that were originally issued at the start of the NB Militia. The makers used a combination of BO surplus and new made parts for these muskets. The original flintlock shows that the original tower and crown were gound off and over stamped with London and the Ramsey Sutherland names. Examination of other metal parts show where prior proofs and marking were removed. The wood remains in above average condition with no breaks or marks; as well as most of its original finish. There are a number of stock makers or fitters marks and initials. All brass fittings remain in excellent condition and unpolished. This is one of the best examples of a NB militia musket that we have examined. This piece retains its original sling swivels and overall remains complete and original. A great example of a New Brunswick Brown Bess in suberb condition.