Object Title

Flintlock muzzle-loading cavalry carbine - Elliott Carbine 1st Model

Flintlock muzzle-loading cavalry carbine - Elliott Carbine 1st Model

Date

1760

Object Number

XII.159

Provenance

Old Tower Collection

Physical Description

The lockplate is rounded with a teat at rear. The rounded integral pan has a bridle; steel spring missing. Plate measures 6.1 in x 1.1 in. Rounded swan-neck cock with broad flat comb, tip curled inward. Cock and plate originally had dog safety catch, but this has been removed or broken off. This lock appears to have been refinished, which would explain the re-engraving without the date, post 1764. Stocked to the muzzle, the barrel retained by three pins and the upper sling loop screw. Three brass pipes, the upper trumpet pipe made by braising two shorter ones together. Sling bar on left side ran from rear lockscrew, forward for 5.75 in and was held by a screw from the right side bar now missing. Flat brass trigger guard secured by pins in front and rear, with lower sling loop (now missing) screwed through pierced stud on tail of strap finial. Rounded brass buttplate with tapering, rounded, stepped short tang. Handrail butt with more drop than musket pattern. Stock carving of typical pattern. Full round barrel has typical baluster turning Blade foresight braised to barrel 1.5 in from muzzle. Backsight groove cut along front of tang and through turning.

Techniques

Mass manufacture

Materials

Dimensions

BarrelLength28.25 in.
BarrelLength718 mm
OverallLength43.75 in.
OverallLength1111 mm
OverallWeight2.86 kg
OverallWeight6.5 lb oz

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number None Visible visible

Calibre

16.5 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

Ordnance markings
Broad arrow
Lockplate
Stamped
Proofs
Crown over GR
Barrel
Stamped
Ownership mark
Crown over GR
Lockplate
Engraved
Regimental markings
GEN ELIOTTS DRAGOONS
Top of barrel breech end
Engraved
Manufacturer's mark
TOWER
Tail of lockplate
Engraved
?
WC or WO or WG
Barrel
Stamped

Associations

Notes

See XII.1871 (XXIV.18) for a later, production, example. The disbandment of all light troops at the close of the Seven Years War would explain the considerable changes made between this carbine and the model approved by the King in 1773, which was manufactured until at least c. 1808.
'General George Augustus Elliott' (1717-1790) raised a regiment of light Dragoons (now 15th Hussars) in 1759. General Elliott defended Gibraltar during the siege of 1779-83 and was created Baron Heathfield in 1787.