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    Pattern 1853 Enfield Musket - Tang Repair

    Hi All,
    I have taken in an old 1861 dated Pattern 1853 Enfield (Tower) Musket. Looks to be all original, and I have posed pictures of some markings under the barrel and lock. The musket is well used and pitted, so there are no barrel marking still visible. I welcome any information on its make, etc.

    It has what appears to be a real old inlaid brass tang repair (on top of the tang) ending in a botched screw head holding the trigger guard. I cannot make out whether there is a screw passing through the tang, and the relationship between the diamond atop the tang and the trigger guard screw below; if there is any relationship. Any thoughts?








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    It looks like an iron nail inserted from the bottom, with its head in the brass diamond, and then hammered down in the hole in the buttplate tang. Some kind of emergency repair, I imagine.
    Unfortunately, you have not provided a photo that shows the whole of the butt, so one cannot tell whether this ugly-looking repair was needed to close up a split in the butt.
    Anyway, a neater repair would be a long bolt through the (presumed) through-hole, screwed into a threaded hole in the brass diamond. Which is how I would tidy it up, unless there is a historical reason to leave it as it is - e.g. "battlefield repair & part of its history".

    Quote Originally Posted by M100C View Post
    there are no barrel marking still visible
    Well, you contradicted yourself by providing a photo of barrel markings! Seems it was No.789 of a batch by GP. It looks as if GP was a manufacturer of significant quantities. I suggest that you post a query here

    British Militaria Forums - Victorian-era British arms, accoutrements, and military history.

    where you have the best chance of someone being able to identify "GP".
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    "G.P." may stand for Government of Portugal. The Portuguese used Britishicon pattern arms in the late 1800s. IIRC - Portuguese arsenals manufactured some of their British pattern arms.

    FWIW - Portuguese Snider cavalry carbines, made by B.S.A. around 1875, are marked "G.P." beneath the Portuguese crown, on the tail of the lock-plate.

    IMHO - The "Nail/Rivet" repair and "Diamond shaped brass inlay" on your '1853 Enfield' pattern ML appear to be later amateur work.

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    BTW - I don't recall seeing Britishicon made, (Enfield or Tower), lock-plates serial numbered on the inside to match a number on the barrel, like your #789.

    Possibly this is indicative of manufacture in an arsenal on the Continent, like in Portugal.

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    Even after cleaning my reading glasses, I can't see a lockplate in Michigan from here in Mauserland. So how about a photo of the lockplate?


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