This musket, and those in the following two lots, formed part of a stand of arms on board the steamship "Pleiad" which embarked in 1854 on the third Niger expedition. Dr. Baikie (the expedition's medical adviser who took executive control of the expedition during the voyage) wrote in his Narrative of an Exploring Voyage published in 1856 that the '... "Pleiad" (was) armed with a 12-pounder pivot-gun, four swivels, Minié rifles and double-barrelled guns for the officers, (and) muskets for the crew'
The National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, have in their collection two flintlock pistols by E. & W. Bond marked 'Pleiad' on the trigger-guards (both under inv. no. AAA 2432)