Origin: The Brown Bess was arguably the most popular rifle of the 18th century, seeing heavy use in famous conflicts like the American Revolution. These musket balls date back around 300 years to the late 1700's. They were likely cast by British forces, and come from a stash of hundreds of rounds discovered by chance in the early 2000's. All have been thoroughly inspected for authenticity by the History Hoard team.
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British General John Burgoyne surrenders to American General Horatio Gates at Saratoga, on October 17, 1777
The shot heard around the world is now yours to hold.
In the 1700's, everyone depended on the Brown Bess—British troops, American rebels, hunters, trappers, and pirates alike.
The Brown Bess is a nickname for the British Land Pattern Musket, one of the first standard musket designs.
Back then, muskets had to be handmade individually by arms makers. Each one was different, which made finding spare parts and munitions a challenge.
The Brown Bess changed all that, with a design that was adopted around the world.
These musket balls are from the era of the American Revolution, and may very well have been carried by the troops fighting in this war. They helped to usher in a new era of freedom from tyranny, both in the United States and around the world.
The British Land Pattern Rifle, better known as the "Brown Bess"
Your order will include:
- One 18th century musket ball, measuring about 3/4 inches across
- Glass top leather display box
- Detail card with relevant information about the relic
- Certificate of Authenticity
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Lead Warning: These musket balls are cast from lead, and as such require careful handling. Please use gloves if you intend to handle this relic. California Prop 65: Lead is known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm. For more information, go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.
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Actually, many relics are able to be owned by anyone.
Typically, museums only want to display items that are either very rare or incredibly well preserved. This leaves many items that don't make the cut, and these are able to be owned by individuals.
While the items we sell aren't "museum grade," they still carry with them the same amount of history and uniqueness. Each relic was still hand made by a person, hundreds or even thousands of years ago.
One of our core values is not to damage or alter any of the artifacts we sell.
History needs to be preserved—after all, there is a limited amount of it that survives—but it is also something to be shared with the masses. For this reason, we put our relics in sturdy display cases that are safe to handle, but are mindful that someday the relic may need to be taken out again.
No glue or resin holds the items in place. Instead, we're developed our own method for holding the relics securely in their displays using pressure alone. In fact, any of our relics can be removed in their original condition by simply opening the display case.
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