Object Title

Flintlock combination boarding axe and carbine - Swedish Model 1703

Flintlock combination boarding axe and carbine - Swedish Model 1703

Date

about 1703

Object Number

XIV.7

Provenance

Old Tower Collection

Physical Description

The stock or haft is shaped like an axe helve but it is dropped to enable the carbine to be fired from the shoulder. Rather short barrel with a moulding at the muzzle. Lock with dog-catch, the lockplate and cock of rounded form. The axe-head with slender blade and balancing fluke is slipped over the barrel at the muzzle where it is held by a spring catch. There is a sling loop at the end of the haft or butt, the latter being drilled for a ramrod. A mark is stamped on the lock and another on the barrel and axe blade.

Techniques

N/A

Materials

Dimensions

OverallLength32.4 in
OverallLength692 mm
OverallLength823 mm
OverallWeight1.5 kg
BarrelLength9.72 in
BarrelLength247 mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number None visible

Calibre

0.58 in

Inscriptions and Marks

Maker's mark
Square blank stamp
Axe head
Stamped
Maker's mark
Square blank stamp
Below the lock
Stamped
Maker's mark
Very similar to the other marks, but shows a bit more detail of the shape Symbols resembles a '12'
Start of barrel
Stamped

Associations

Bibliographic References

Dorling Kindersley, Weapon. A visual history of arms & armour, Dorling Kindersley Ltd, London, 2006, p. 159 (col. illus., top right).

Notes

The ramrod mentioned in the description of this weapon in the Inventory of 1916 is now missing. Invented by Admiral Erich Sioblad, it came in short and long versions (1/2 pike at over 51 in long). Persisted in service into the 19th century with at least one converted percussion example known.