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British East India Company Shipwreck Brown Bess Musket Flint from Queen 1800 in Mini Museum Display | Artifact #G3121

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Musket Flint from the British East India Company Shipwreck of Queen 1800

Please Note: This is an authentic hand-knapped British East India Company Brown Bess Musket Flint, and your flint will be similar to the one pictured and be of equal or better quality.

This flint was recovered from the remains of the British East Indiaman Queen. Judging from the artifacts (tin and copper bars, ceramics, trade goods of all kinds, and war materials) recovered from her remains, she was bringing highly desirable cargo to Brazil.


Ironically, she didn’t sink due to war or storm or bad navigation, but rather it was said from a candle in a cabin. However, a letter dated 17 July, 1800, states otherwise.

On July 9, 1800 at 3 a.m., she caught fire in the Bay of All Saints at St. Salvador, Brazil. The crew tried to save the ship, but the fire spread so fast Queen became a major threat to the ships moored near her and fortunately “the current carried her clear of the Bay, and she drove a considerable distance before she blew up.”

This flint was used in the British East India Company Brown Bess Muskets of the day - and as the "Company" carried their own military personnel, flints and ammunition were part of the shipboard munitions as well as trade items.

Your British East India Company Shipwreck Flint Mini Museum Display Includes:

  1. Our 100% Authentic Lifetime Guarantee
  2. A Detailed, Multi-Page Certificate of Authenticity Researched and Written by Robert Knecht
  3. Historic Brief Including an Eye-Witness Account of the Demise of Queen, and an Newspaper Account of the Explosion and Sinking
  4. Openable Mini Museum Display and Stand

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