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Regtl. Staff Chickamauga 2018
- Mar 15, 2013
Oh yeah, can't speak for CW but in Rev War they did. I have an "Americanized" Brown Bess. When captured the American Colonist would try to file or scrape off the Crown and Tower mark on the lock plate, plus anywhere else a crown might be. On the rear of the trigger guard the guy also punched out the 2 crown and Ordnance markings. They would even try to remove the Crown/Royal markings on the barrel. Plus many stamped, punched, or carved their initials into the butt stock ( a big no no for any British Soldier to do that with Crown property).Were stamps intentionally destroyed when guns with them were captured?
That does not look like the Sinclair Hamilton mark (next to the brass) I have on my Enfield which was discussed in this forum about a month or two ago. What it does look like as a Rev War collector is a Ordnance Storekeepers mark or a crown mark (that's what yours looks like) common on Brown Bess's. Placed on the right side of the buttstock (same side as lock) and underneath behind the trigger guard (which it looks where your mark is). Since they were stamped in wood it is almost always hard to make them out.