John J. Hayes Historical Collectibles

 
Rev. War 1759 British Marine Musket
Rev. War 1759 British Marine Musket

Not much to look at and yet it's one of the most historical items I've ever offered for sale. This super rare musket is identified to the Plymouth Division  and is so marked on it's trigger guard. There's only one other one known that's  identified to the Plymouth Division  and it's pictured in The Brown Bess  by Goldstein & Mowbray. These marine units were formed up in 1763 at the end of the French & Indian War and were set at 69 companies. This muskets is marked to the 60th company on it's butt tang. These companies were numbered consecutively and stationed in "Divisions" posted at the three ports of Plymouth, Chatham, and Portsmouth.  They first arrived in Boston in 1774. Maj. John Pitcairn was their commander and drilled and fathered them into a first class fighting unit. They took part in Lexington & Concord  (the shot heard around the world) where they suffered 74 casualties. When a additional 600 marines arrived in May Maj. Pitcairn reformed his force into the 1st & 2nd Battalions. The entire marine 1st Battalion and the flank companies of the 2nd Battalion were engaged at Bunker Hill.  Maj. Pitcairn was killed along with 29 Officers & Men and another 86 wounded. The musket still retains remnants of old red paint and is a obvious American captured musket that was used right into the percussion era. Please refer to the photo's for further details.  Historically they don't get better than this musket ! 

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