Object Title

Flintlock combination boarding axe and carbine - Swedish Model 1703

Flintlock combination boarding axe and carbine - Swedish Model 1703

Date

1701-1730

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

Materials

Dimensions

OverallLength32.5in
OverallLength825.5mm
OverallWeight1.53kg
BarrelLength9.7in
BarrelLength242mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number none

Calibre

24 bore

Associations

Places Danish ?

Bibliographic References

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

Notes

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.