Object Title

Percussion muzzle-loading carbine - Victoria Pattern

Percussion muzzle-loading carbine - Victoria Pattern

Date

dated 1854

Object Number

XII.1979

Provenance

Old Tower Collection

Physical Description

The lock is standard pattern 1842 design engraved on the tail crowned VR and ahead of the cock 1854 over TOWER and with incised line decoration. Stocked to 6.3 in of the muzzle, the barrel retained by two pins. Swivel ramrod with nearly vertical swivels, slightly domed wide rounded head. Brass fore-end cap. Two rod pipes the upper one long trumpet, lower one barrel shaped. Brunswick Rifle-pattern scroll trigger guard. P 53 Pattern buttplate stamped 318 at the base of the tang. Sling bar on the left side 5.5 in length held at front by screw from right side of stock with small side cup, and at rear by screw entering from inside the lock cavity. Underside of the butt stamped W.L.SARGENT.Butt stamped with 1VCR broad arrow and BO. Blued barrel with breech marked crowned arrow, browned B9 crowned TP and arrow crowned B23. Brunswick pattern blade foresight no backsight.

Techniques

Mass manufacture

Materials

Dimensions

BarrelLength25.9 in.
BarrelLength659 mm
OverallLength42 in.
OverallLength1067 mm
OverallWeight3.23 kg
OverallWeight7.14 lb oz

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number None visible

Calibre

.73 in

Inscriptions and Marks

Date and manufacture
1854 over Tower
Ahead of cock
Engraved
Military acceptance
1VCR broad arrow and BO
Butt
Stamped
rack number
318
Butt tang
Stamped
?
B9 crowned TP and arrow crowned B23.
Breech
Stamped
Proof
Birmingham proofs
Barrel
Stamped
Crown acceptance marking
Crowned VR
Lock plate tail
Engraved
Military acceptance
Crowned arrow
Breech
Stamped
Maker
W.L.SARGENT
Underside of butt
Stamped

Associations

Notes

This was amongst the very last production of the Victoria Carbine. It differs from the earlier type in having pins rather than slides to secure the barrel, in lacking a backsight and in not having the guard bow drilled for a small loop, possibly intended to hold a snap cap chain. See XII 3131 for earlier exmple dated 1845. Formerly XXIV 200.