Pattern 1842 percussion musket

Accession Number REL29317
Collection type Technology
Object type Firearm
Place made United Kingdom: England, United Kingdom: England, Greater London, London
Date made 1847
Conflict British Army Era, 1788-1870

Pattern 1842 percussion musket. Lock marked crown over VR over Tower 1847. Butt tang is engraved 40/H/14 and stock marked arrow over BO over 1854. The barrel has had the last 1 1/4 inches repaired along with the bayonet lug. The Lovells bayonet catch is missing from the fore end cap and the ramrod is an incorrect replacement.

History / Summary

This musket type was the last smooth bore service long arm to be issued to British line regiments. They were carried by the 12th Foot (East Suffolk Regiment) and the 40th Foot (2nd Somersetshire Regiment) who were both stationed in Australia. Companies of these regiments used the Pattern 1842 musket at the Eureka stockade attack in 1854.