What is this flintlock?

Started by jke, 16. January 2022 kl. 23:08:30

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Can anyone identify this rifle?


Forgot to mention, it has a rifled bore.
And has Liege proof marks.

Øyvind F.

There are a few anomalies out there, and this looks to be one of them. Here are more pictures of it: https://www.ancestryguns.com/shop/napoleonic-era-brown-bess-flintlock-rifle-musket-late-18th-early-19th-century-infantry-rifle-from-liege/

Here are two other : https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/20973/lot/3388/ and https://www.collectorsfirearms.com/products/147409-norwegian-flintlock-short-rifle-al5311.html

These rifles are clearly equipped with French – or French inspired – cocks. The first is supposedly reconverted from percussion to flintlock.

My guess is that these rifles are based on surplus firearms that were sold to Belgium in the late 1800s and sold to natives. This can explain why some of them are reconverted to flintlock. But as a I mentioned, that's just my theory.
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