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Old 10th June 2019, 10:59 AM   #1
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Default Sswedish flintlock of about 1780

A friend of mine owns a rather short flintlock gun with smooth barrel and brass mounts, the ramrod pipes with trompet like openings that came into use in about 1775. Total length is 902mm, barrel length 624mm and the calibre is 14,3mm. Very strange is the roman IX at the counterplate and the monogram GV = G5 for the Swedish king Gustav V. Adolph, 1907-1950 (see Flämig, Monogramms on coins etc) with the year 1948. J

Has anyone here an explanation, why this gun of the end of the 18. century shows a monogramm of a Swedish king of the first half of the 20. century?
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Old 10th June 2019, 11:25 AM   #2
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A recreation musket ... like for military academy cadets ?
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Old 10th June 2019, 02:30 PM   #3
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OK, but what purpose has this gun been for in the 1930s? Has there been a tradition troop with uniforms of the 1780s?
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Old 10th June 2019, 04:26 PM   #4
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Swedish monarchy has a tradition to commemorate jubilees. As i read, the first one was started by Gustav III em 1778. It should be that, the date under the monogram in the escutcheon of your friend's musket refers to the so called Jubilee of Memory, 1928-1948 signaled by Gustav V Adolph.
Could it be that this small XVIII century musket was labeled with the 1948 monogram to recall the first Gustav III 1778 jubilee, for some kind of reconstitution ?
... Just a piece of imagination; don't pay much notice .
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Fernando, thanks a lot, this is very interesting and I'll follow this path.
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Old 10th June 2019, 07:49 PM   #6
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Swedish king Gustaf V had a 90 year jubilee in 1948 for which a medal was introduced. A similar jubilee occured on his 70th birthday in 1928. Not sure why the jubilee plaque was added to the rifle. Perhaps it was used by a guard of honour in the festivities?
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Perhaps it was used by a guard of honour in the festivities?



Maybe that this hit the nail directly. Many thanks for this help.
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