Hi - my friend has 3 very old iron musket barrels in his shed. He said he took them to Louisbourg (we live about 40 miles away from the Fortress) about 25 years ago & was told that 1 was French late 1700s the other 2 are British 1800s, & probably used in the sieges there. They are very rusty but I can make out a couple of markings on them... If anyone can provide any more info on them we would be very grateful.
The 'French' one is 30" long in total with a fatter top end (sorry dont know the terminology even!) 4 1/4" circumference. It has 7/8" diameter opening. Markings: just 6 lines/strikes on the barrel end & some numbers 12 x8?
Both 'English' barrels are 33 1/2" long,7/8" barrel end diameter, 3 3/4" circumference top end of the barrel. One appears to have a sheild shape at the top end, some numbers half way down.
The second has a star? shape at the top end, 12 x? top end & at the bottom end is a crown & something else!
What do the numbers mean?
Are they French & English 17/1800s?
In this poor condition do they have any value or should they just go to a museum - any thoughts?