Original Rare British Made East India Company P-1842 Model F Percussion Short Musket with British Proofs – circa 1840


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Original Rare British Made East India Company P-1842 Model F Percussion Short Musket with British Proofs – circa 1840

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. These are truly rare, this magnificent example coming from the Estate of one of our customers, who grabbed this in 2004 right after our shipment from NEPAL arrived. Known as the East India Company “Model F” Percussion Musket, this was what LOVELL copied as the British Army P-1842 musket after the great fire at the Tower of London in 1841.

This example however is fitted, from new, with a .75″ smoothbore barrel that is only 33 inches long, intended for Artillerymen and Elite troops. Fewer than 5% of the Company muskets were in that configuration and this may be the very best one we have ever had. Otherwise, it is fairly standard in construction, measuring 49 inches in overall length.

The quality of the “Rampant Lion” on the lock indicates that this is definitely a British Manufactured example. The breech end of the barrel bears the correct Gunmaker’s Company of London Proof House markings for the period: CROWN / V “Viewed” and CROWN / GP “Definitive Gunmakers Proof”. They are also some other smaller proof marks on the cap bolster and further down the barrel there is a G / 12 proof.

Condition is truly excellent, fully cleaned and polished to put it in the best possible light. The wood stock is breathtaking, with a lovely red brown color and

incredible grain patterns. There is even a good amount of “flame” figuring around the wrist area. the lock action is strong, and functions correctly, holding at half cock and firing at full.

This example was hand-picked years ago from our stocks, and was recently re-acquired as one of the best examples we have had. Exceptionally rare and complete with correct ram rod.


Year of Manufacture: circa 1840
Caliber: .75″
Cartridge Type: Ball and Powder
Barrel Length: 33 Inches
Overall Length: 49 Inches
Action type: Side Action Percussion Lock
Feed System: Muzzle Loading

More on the EIC Model F Percussion Musket:

Official records tell us that the British East India Company procured or made no Flintlock Muskets after the late 1820s and it appears they were very swift to take advantage of the newest in firearms technology- the percussion ignition system. In 1840 the HEIC began producing the world’s very first massed produced percussion muskets one of which later became known as the EIC Model “F”.

A brief history of how this model came to being- The shortened 39″ barrel Brown Bess musket was first developed and adopted by the EIC in 1771. This was a full 25 years before the Board of Ordnance in London followed suit with a 39″ Brown Bess Musket dubbed the “India Pattern” in 1796. This is a testament that private enterprise has seemingly always got things done long before government bureaucrats. In 1839 the British Government officially adopted a converted to percussion Brown Bess musket (P-1796/39) but in the Great Fire of the Tower of London of 1841 over 400,000 of these converted Muskets were destroyed leaving the British Government very short handed. The result, once again, was to copy the current EIC Percussion Musket, the Model “F” and designate it the “Lovell’s Pattern of 1842”. By that time, the EIC had already developed and refined the .75 bore Percussion musket through six models- A to F.

Models A and B were EIC flintlock muskets converted to percussion. However, the Model F was purpose built percussion issue. This Pattern dispensed with the screw on breech (needed because of the unreliability of the brazed on nipple lumps) as improved technology now permitted the welding of the nipple lump directly to the side of the breech. The nipple lump changes shape to fit what was then called the “new style lock”. The lock was of the new percussion type with the mainspring no longer screwed in at its small end but secured under a lip inside the lock plate. The trigger is hung in a box, part of the trigger plate, instead of on a pin in the wood, and the side plate disappeared in favor of the later side nail cups with new Pattern F bayonet catch. These were built or “set up” between 1845 and 1851.

The differences between the various EIC Models are generally minor; Model A and B were Brown Bess flintlock conversions, Model C and D were purpose built percussion muskets but had the “Old Series” side locks with differing trigger guard styles, while the Model E and F both had the “new series” side locks and had either the Hanoverian Catch on the Model E or the EIC bayonet catch on the Model F.

Please See David Harding’s stellar work “Smallarms of the East India Company 1600-1856” published in four volumes by Foresight Books in 1997. Specifically, please see Volume 2, pages 97-124 for a mass of information concerning the vary EIC Model muskets.


Year of Manufacture: circa 1840
Caliber: .75″
Cartridge Type: Ball and Powder
Barrel Length: 39 Inches
Overall Length: 55 Inches
Action type: Side Action Percussion Lock
Feed System: Muzzle Loading

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