Object Title

Percussion muzzle-loading carbine - Cavalry Model 1844

Percussion muzzle-loading carbine - Cavalry Model 1844

Date

original about 1833

Object Number

XII.2615

Provenance

Old Tower Collection

Physical Description

Flintlock conversion of a Model 1833 carbine. Stocked to 8 inches of the muzzle, with bayonet stud beneath the barrel. The foresight is blade on block, brazed 3 inches from the muzzle. The design incorporates a double strap top band held by friction, flat sideplate, butt plate and a trigger assembly, all similar to the French 1822 pattern. The backsight is notched block on a base which is screwed to the tang and fits like a collar over the breech of the barrel. This was a typical feature of Piedmontese arms from this period. The conversion incorporates a large ‘bubble’ nipple seat on the barrel. The hammer is typically Piedmontese; this design was used through to the Model 1860. It is fully rounded and turned to the centre on the nipple which is quite close to the centre of the barrel. The spur has a knob rather than knurling. The ramrod is missing, but is of the type which runs well into stock and would externally reach only half way along the barrel.

Techniques

Mass manufacture

Materials

Dimensions

BarrelLength18.3in.
BarrelLength467mm
OverallLength33in.
OverallLength835mm
OverallWeight2.22kg
OverallWeight4.9lb oz

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number none visible

Calibre

17.5 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

Manufacturer's mark
A.A. FABB. R. IN TORINO
Lock plate
Stamped