Date Made/Found: around 1853
Material and Medium: Old Sheffield Plate, leather
Dimensions: Overall: 15 x 52 x 350mm (9/16 x 2 1/16 x 13 3/4in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: 1963.325
This is one of a pair of musket prickers made around 1853. A musket is a muzzle-loaded (loaded from the open end of the barrel), smooth bore long gun, fired from the shoulder. Muskets were designed for use by infantry. A soldier armed with a musket had the designation musketman or musketeer. During battle the touch hole of the musket can become clogged up with powder residue and debris, and a pricker is used to clear the hole.
These musket prickers are thought to have been the property of the 9th Lord Scarborough. He was Lieutenant Colonel of the 1st West Yorkshire Yeomanry Cavalry, from 1853-59.