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British gun adapted by West African owner


British flintlock gun made by Thomas Barnett of London, who made trade guns, flintlock muskets and rifles. This gun has a proof mark, which is an official stamp to say that the barrel had passed a saftey test.Gun makers were known to dump their seconds on the export market and there is anecdotal information about guns exploding when used. The gun has been adapted, or customised,by its West African owner and decorated with cloth, leather fringe, cowrie shells, brass bands, beads and seed pods.

Creator: Barnett of London

Copyright: Copyright British Empire Commonwealth Mu

Object ID:1992/011/004

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