Pedersoli/Navy Arms Short Land Pattern Brown Bess
Remove visible Italian Markings and relocate the Serial number to the bottom of the barrel. Polish to Armory Bright. $35.00
We draw file off the Italian markings and serial number from the barrel and re-stamp the serial number out-of-sight. We then polish the area back to an Armory Bright luster. When we're finished, you can't tell the markings were ever there.
|A standard Pedersoli Brown Bess barrel. Historically inaccurate maker's marks are very present on the side of the barrel.||A defarbed Brown Bess barrel-the maker's mark is removed and the area is polished to the correct "Armory Bright" satin luster.|
Stamp correct "Store Keepers" marks on stock $10.00
Original Shortland Pattern Brown Bess muskets were stamped by Inspectors to mark their approval on the buttstock of the King's Musket. Are stamps are all exact copies of original stamps which he copied from rubbings taken off of original guns
|Butt stock stamped with "GR" stamp.||Stock belly stamped with acceptance crown|
Recontour, Restain and Refinish Stock. $155.00
All reproduction Brown Bess Muskets need a little reshaping and reworking to replicate the graceful profile of original stocks David starts with the moldings on the lock. By the time the Shortland pattern musket was standardized, the "tear drop"-shaped finials found on the Long Land Pattern Bess had been eliminated in favor of a simple point. For whatever reason, both Pedersoli and Navy Arms Brown Bess replicated the tear drop finials of the early Besses on their Shortland stocks.David removes the tear drop and re-shapes it to a point, just like the original guns. He also thins out the whole lock panel and contours it to follow the shape of the lock plate; the same way original guns were done. He also thins out and re-profiles the "beaver tail" finial around the tang; as originals tang moldings were quite small and delicate. The work is then blended into the rest of the stock and the wrist and butt stock a re-profiled to match the originals. The entire stock is then restained with a dark walnut stain to replicate the look of dark English Walnut, and to hide the streaky wood grain found on the reproduction stock Finally the stock is sealed with several coats of linseed oil-the same finish found on original guns.
|The lock moldings of a stock Pedersoli Brown Bess. Notice the "tear drop" finials behind the lock. |
The "beaver tail" molding around the barrel tang is also too large.
|The finished lock moldings - the tear drop is eliminated and shaped to a point, and the whole lock|
panel is re-shaped to follow the contour of the lock plate.
The beaver tail molding was thinned out and re-shaped.
Optional: Remove "Grice 1762" from lock plate and hand engrave with "TOWER" (Pedersoli Only). $150.00
Early Long Land Pattern Brown Bess muskets were engraved with the maker's name and the date of manufacture on the lock plate, however by the time the Short Land Pattern musket was adopted, there were growing complaints among the soldiers who did not want to be issued guns with early dates, as they assumed the guns were old and worn out. In response, the Board of Ordnance decreed in 1762 that all new muskets would be Engraved simply with the word "TOWER" and omit both the date and maker's name. The dating of locks was not revived again until the 19th Century; meaning that all British military Shortland Pattern Muskets (with the exception of those made at Dublin Castle for the Irish and Scottish) are marked "TOWER". For whatever reason, Pedersoli's Short Land Pattern Brown Bess is marked "GRICE 1762". The process of correcting these historically inaccurate markings is difficult and labor intensive. However, for those wanting to bring the historical accuracy of their Brown Bess defarb "to the next level". We offer an engraving service for the Pedersoli Lock plate. First, the "GRICE" stamp is carefully filed in with weld, then the markings are filed off the tail of the lock plate, before the area is re-polished back to its original "armory bright" luster. The plate then is sent off to our master engraver, who hand engraves both the "TOWER" marking and the double line border on to the lock plate. The finished plate is a superb copy of the original Short Land 'Besses.
Please note because of the additional labor involved in preparing the lock plate for engraving, combined with the additional time needed to have the lock plate engraved, customers who wish to have this service preformed should anticipate an additional 3-4 week wait in addition to the 10-12 week lead time of a typical defarb.
|Lock plate stamped with incorrect contractor name and date.||BLock plate re-engraved with correct "TOWER" marking.|
We can defarb new guns or old guns. You can pick and choose which options you'd like done, or you can have them all done! Please call us at (262) 473-5444 or email us at [email protected] for more details.