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British Officer’s Flintlock Fusil by Jover, Black Watch, Third Quarter 18th C
By the third quarter of the 18th C it was common for officers in the foot regiments to carry fusils, or long guns. These guns were made to a higher quality than the standard infantryman’s muskets. This example was made by William Jover of London (active 1750-1785), who was known to have made fusils especially for officers. It features decorative brass side plate, butt plate, ramrod thimbles, trigger bow, and wrist escutcheon engraved "42/RF" for the 42nd Regiment of Foot, known as the "Black Watch", a famous Scottish Highland regiment. Lock plate is marked "JOVER" and the barrel bears Birmingham proof marks. It also features an original bayonet marked "WHEELER" with broad arrow stamp and a crown over "19". This exact piece was obtained from the Robert Wheeler Collection of Baltimore, an author and authority on Revolutionary War weapons. It is also featured in "Who’s Who in Indian Relics", Vol. 10, page 291. Very good original condition with minor stock repairs and rich patina to the wood and brass mounts. Jover officer’s fusils are scarce and desirable and the Black Watch markings make it especially so. A similar example by Wilson, engraved with owner's name but no regimental attribution, recently sold at auction for $32,500, plus premium.