.80 caliber, 39" barrel, no S/N. An ultimate rarity is this Charles II military English lock flintlock musket, by Robert Steadman ca 1660 - 1663. In a remarkable state of preservation, considering its age and shipment to a remote kingdom on the island of Java. Thought to be one of 100 made to the order of Charles II for the Sultan of Bantam in 1663. Military English locks of this period rarely survive, much less in the condition of the Sultan's musket. All small parts appear to be original, there is rudimentary engraving at the top of the cock. The octagonal-to-round barrel is heavily swamped at muzzle, and marked on left flat with British Ordinance stampings and "RS" (for Robert Steadman). There is a rear sight at breech and small front sight at muzzle with darkened club butt walnut stock.
Brass furniture appears all original, including triggerguard, 3 ramrod pipes, and forend cap. Darkened club butt walnut full stock has had few if any noticeable repairs. Shield-shaped stag-horned plaque, scrimshawed Sultan Bantam in capital letters. Shaped "dragon-esque" side plate with 3 side nails. An extraordinary rarity in survival that is truly a museum piece. Howard Blackmore, The Journal of the Arms and Armour Society, Vol X, No. 2, December 1980. "Guns for the Sultan of Bantam."
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