Object Title

Percussion muzzle-loading double-barrelled carbine - Chasseur's Model 1858

Percussion muzzle-loading double-barrelled carbine - Chasseur's Model 1858

Date

1860

Object Number

XII.2325

Provenance

Probably transferred from Rotunda Museum, Woolwich, No.8A/72.

Physical Description

Associated with bayonet X. 4302. Back action locks secured at their tails by screws with two holes in lieu of screw slots, under which the plates hook. The cocks are rounded throughout and have quite heavy noses. Half-length stock, the barrels retained by one slide with oval iron escutcheons. The tailpipe has a plain broad finial. The iron butt plate is off a sporting pattern with a short stepped tang. The iron ramrod is trumpet-headed and hooks under the stop beneath the muzzle in the manner of a sporting gun. A small bayonet bar is brazed to the side of the right barrel which has a rectangular boss with a small short forward extension. The rear sight is formed of a rectangular bed let into the rib, with a spring mortised into it for retaining the leaf which is hinged at the rear. The leaf is graduated from 100 500 metres.

Techniques

Mass manufacture

Materials

Dimensions

BarrelLength24.5in.
BarrelLength622mm
OverallLength40in.
OverallLength1016mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number nvn

Calibre

15 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

?
599
Rib
Stamped
Maker's mark
A.FRANCOTTE A LIEGE
Rear of each cock
Stamped
Maker's Initials
Crown over AF
Underside of the barrels
Stamped
Proofs
Liege proofs.
Rib
Stamped

Notes

This carbine is similar to the French Model 1850 Corsican Light Infantry Carbine, however the sights are different as are the forms of the cocks and the mounting for the bayonet.