The legendary Brown Bess... the musket of choice for British forces - and the British East India Company - for over 100 years!
Once stowed in the gun room of the British East Indiaman Queen, these shipwreck survivors went to the bottom when the legendary trade vessel blew up and sunk just outside the Bay of All Saints in Brazil. For use in the Brown Bess musket of the day, they were used by British forces and settlers alike, and were a good fit for most of the long guns of the day. They are perfect for history buffs, re-enactors and gun enthusiasts!
Your Queen Flint Pendant:
This musket flint was recovered from the remains of the British East Indiaman Queen.
- Date: circa 1795
- Bezel Metal: Sterling Silver
- Jewelry Artist: Robert Lewis Knecht
- Size: 1" Across, 2" Tall
She was carrying numerous trade goods, including tin and copper bars, ceramics, war materials, glass products, etc., to East India Company colonies in India. Queen
was replenishing water and other perishables at Salvador, Brazil, before continuing her journey to St. Helena and on to India. While 25% of East Indiamen were lost, ironically, Queen 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 3:00 am. she was set afire 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 other ships moored near her and fortunately “the current carried her clear of the Bay, and she drove a considerable distance before she blew up.”
Carefully salvaged and documented by Robert, these varied-colored musket flints are rare and wonderful reminders of a time when kings ruled the land, and pirates ruled the seas!
Your Queen Musket Flint Necklace Comes Complete with:
- Our 100% Authentic Lifetime Guarantee
- A Detailed, Multi-Page Certificate of Authenticity
- "9 July, 1800 - Queen and Kent, East Indiamen" Historic Brief with excerpts of historic journals and newspaper reports
- A Velvet Treasure Pouch
- Treasure Hunters Gazette Booklet