The British Army’s Brown Bess Musket was in use for over a hundred years with many incremental changes in its design. These versions include the Long Land Pattern, Short Land Pattern, India Pattern, New Land Pattern Musket, Sea Service Musket and others. This type of musket would have been in use during the War of 1812 in Upper Canada. Further research may help place it precisely in the inventory of the British Forces of that era in Canada.
This is an India Pattern in .75 calibre with a 39 inch barrel. The metal portions are almost all original, the wood stock was replaced and a lot of clean up and the additon of a few appropriate small parts and some reproduction parts (leather sling, bayonet and sheath) and the great skill of gunsmith, John Mansell, brought the badly damaged original back to excellent condition. Thanks, John.
In the slide show below you will see Curator Jamie Hunter and Gunsmith John Mansell.