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Lot 134: Documented Late 17th Century British Flintlock Cavalry Carbine

Auction Date: September 10, 2021

Rare Documented Late 17th Century British Flintlock Cavalry Carbine

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $5,500 - $8,500

Rare Documented Late 17th Century British Flintlock Cavalry Carbine

Manufacturer: British
Model: Flintlock
Type: Carbine
Gauge: 64
Barrel: 36 1/2 inch round
Finish: bright
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 1962
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 108
Class: Antique

This early flintlock carbine is pictured and discussed on pages 94-95 of "American Military Shoulder Arms, Volume I: Colonial and Revolutionary War Arms" by George Moller where he listed it as a "William III Period Horseman's Long Carbine" and indicated it was manufactured "during the closing years of the 17th century by Henry Crisp. It is presented as a an example of British military flintlock carbines of the late 17th century." It has Moller's small "GDM" collection marking by the toe. The attribution to Henry Crisp is based on the "HC" stamp on the barrel above the nose of the lock. The only other markings are the early "crown/P" and "crown/V" proof and view marks on the left at the breech. The smoothbore barrel has no sights. A saddle ring bar is fitted along the left side and secured at the rear lock screw and to the barrel band. The convex lock is bridle-less and has the classic early "banana" profile. The stock runs to the muzzle and has two brass ramrod ferrules (later replacements) and a somewhat crude iron trigger guard. The stock has a rounded butt similar to the earlier English wheellocks. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Fine with mottled gray and brown patina, minor oxidation/pitting, and general mild wear. The stock is very good has some minor cracks, revarished repairs, and general scrapes and dings. Mechanically fine.

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