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A Parliamentarian Musketeer


A member of the Tower Hamlets Trayned Band showing how a Civil War musketeer would have been armed. He has a matchlock musket of the period, with a rest, and the match (a piece of slow-burning fuse used to light the priming powder which in turn ignited the main charge) held ready in his left hand, away from the breech.
He wears a buff coat of stout leather as his only armour since mobility and flexiblity were of more use as a musketeer than metal cladding. Across this he had a set of powder charges for the musket, and on his other flank (not in picture) he would have a short sword for close up protection although often the butt of the musket itself would serve the purpose well.


Mill Mount, York, England. September 2004

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