This flintlock musket was probably made for the British army and dates from the late 1700s. It was traded in Africa, where guns were in great demand, probably traded for enslaved Africans. The new owner added the cowrie shell decorations on the handle, denoting status and wealth.
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Accession number : The British Empire & Commonwealth Museum, 1992/011/003
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