A Rare 16-Bore Crespi System Breech-Loading Flintlock Volunteer Carbine
Lot 485
A Rare 16-Bore Crespi System Breech-Loading Flintlock Volunteer Carbine
By Tatham & Egg, London, No. 134, Circa 1810
Sold for £4,800 (US$ 6,325) inc. premium

Lot Details
A Rare 16-Bore Crespi System Breech-Loading Flintlock Volunteer Carbine
By Tatham & Egg, London, No. 134, Circa 1810
With rebrowned twist sighted barrel flat at the breech and with bayonet tube carrying a suspension mount beneath (resoldered along each side), signed breech chamber pivoting up for loading and secured in the closed position by a horizontally pivoting lever of curved circular section engaging with hooks on either side of the breech, oval retaining bracket grooved for sighting, plain tang, signed rounded lock, figured half-stock with raised cheekpiece, brass mounts of regulation type comprising butt-plate and scroll trigger-guard, shaped brass barrel band, brass fore-end cap, iron sling loop, and socket bayonet (socket with old repair), probably original, with long hollowed blade, London proof marks
71.7 cm.barrel

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Phillips, London, Antique Arms & Armour, 27 February 1986, lot 237

    For details of a group of thirty service longarms, of which five were of the same barrel length as this example, ordered for trial purposes in 1785 by the Duke of Richmond, Master General of Ordnance, see Howard L. Blackmore, British Military Firearms 1650-1850, 1961, pp. 87-88. For a rifle by the same maker and employing the same system see Howard L. Blackmore, Guns and Rifles of The World, 1971, no. 377
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