Musket Marked "NEW JERSEY"
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.
Made by Richard Wilson & Company
Wood, Iron, Steel, Brass
Museum of the American Revolution (Benninghoff Collection)