This is a great example of a 39inch British Brown Bess. This musket is conversion to Percussion cap. This was don’t to keep the rifle in service after the flintlock mechanism had become obsolete. Circa 1800 and converted in 1861, this musket shows some signs of age but the condition is still outstanding for an over 200 year old gun. “Brown Bess” is a nickname of unknown origin for the British Army’s Land Pattern Musket and its derivatives. This musket was used in the era of the expansion of the British Empire and acquired it own symbolic importance. The Brown Bess and its derivatives, all 0.75 caliber flintlock muskets, were the standard long guns of the British Empire’s land forces from 1722 until 1838 when they were superseded by a percussion cap smoothbore musket. A beautiful example. Antique and Obsolete- No license required.