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Lot 1082: 1762 Dated English Flintlock Horseman's Carbine

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Scarce Documented 1762 Dated English Flintlock Horseman's Carbine

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Estimated Price: $3,000 - $5,000

Scarce Documented 1762 Dated English Flintlock Horseman's Carbine

Manufacturer: British
Model: Flintlock
Type: Carbine
Gauge: 69
Barrel: 37 1/8 inch round
Finish: bright
Stock: walnut
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Catalog Page: 50
Class: Antique

This carbine is featured on page 264 of "American Military Shoulder Arms, Vol. 1" by George Moller and has his discreet collection mark by the toe. He noted that it was made during the Seven Years' War (French & Indian War in North America) and noted that in 1757 the Board of Ordnance ordered a reserve of 2,000 of these distinctive "Carbines without Bayonets for Horse" be stored in the Tower of London. The main difference from the light dragoon carbines is that the stock runs all the way to the muzzle and has a rounded front sight rather than a bayonet stud. A saddle ring bar is fitted via the rear lock screw and a screw through the forend behind the ramrod entry pipe. The barrel has a partially unclear unit marking starting with "I TROOP" followed by two fainter words. The lock has "EDGE/1762" on the tail and the Georgian cipher at center. Aside from the saddle ring and bar, the furniture is brass. Few of these are available to collectors, and at least one of the other examples is also marked "EDGE" and dated "1762." Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Good with dark brown patina and extensive pitting visible on the barrel and lock, attractive aged patina on the brass furniture, and moderate overall wear suggesting real period use during the second half of the 18th century, possibly including during the American Revolution. Moller noted the top jaw and jaw screw are replacements (refinished) and the nose of the stock was lowered. The refinished stock has a spliced forend, chips and repairs around the lock mortise, some thin cracks, some loss at the toe and edges, and general mild wear. The mainspring is a bit weak; otherwise, mechanically fine.

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