Signed "D. Egg" on the lock and marked with "London" and Ordnance private proofs on the smoothbore Damascus barrel. The barrel has a dot border at the breech and some light engraving on the tang. The lock has some simple border engraving and a frizzen spring roller. The furniture also has light scroll and floral engraving. The trigger guard has an acorn finial. The silver pommel cap has Birmingham hallmarks for 1795 and a "CF" maker's mark and is inscribed "Lt. Col. A. CARTER. 18 L.D." Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Carter of Leicester was a major in 14th Light Dragoons on April 10, 1786, received a brevet to lieutenant-colonel on March 1, 1794, another brevet to colonel January 1, 1798, and was promoted to lieutenant-colonel on August 10, 1799. He exchanged to lieutenant-colonel in 18th Light Dragoons on December 5, 1799. He became colonel but then exchanged with Oliver Thomas Jones of the 20th Dragoons in 1801 and died in 1803. He died at the age of 42 from the effects of yellow fever he contracted twice while serving in the Caribbean during the Haitian Revolution (apparently as a brigadier general).
Very good with a soft refinished brown and twist patterns visible along the barrel, silver-gray patina and light pitting on the lock, and aged patinas on the brass and silver furniture. The refinished stock has repairs by the nose of the lock and forend tip and some mild dings and scratches. Mechanically fine.
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