New Jersey Musket

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 War of Independence. 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.