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Richard Wilson’s London gun-making firm produced military arms for the colony of New Jersey during and after the French and Indian War. Many of these arms were retained in the colony’s arsenal after the conflict with France and were later issued to New Jersey forces at the beginning of the Revolutionary War. This well-preserved example is marked “NEW JERSEY” on the butt plate, and “S/3” on the wrist plate, denoting government ownership in the former case, and the individual company letter and weapon number in the latter.

Object Details

  • Musket
    Made by Richard Wilson & Company
    London, England
    ca. 1757
    Wood, Iron, Steel, Brass
    Museum of the American Revolution (Benninghoff Collection)


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