A .577 PATTERN 1853 BELGIAN CONTRACT 1ST MODEL PERCUSSION ARTILLERY CARBINE, CIRCA 1856, no visible serial number,
with 24in. barrel rifled with three grooves, block and blade front-sight and leaf rear-sights to 300 yards, early pattern bayonet lug, borderline engraved lock bearing the Crown 'V.R.' cypher on the tail and dated '1856' to the centre together with the small crown arrow inspection stamp, regulation brass mounted full walnut stock, complete with sling swivels and replacement rod, refinished overall
Provenance: The P53 artillery carbine was approved as early January 1853 although the first contracts were not signed until October 1853 and they were with the British trade. Due to delays in supply, the War Department in September 1855 placed an order for 2000 carbines with the Liege trade. The Belgian contract arms were made to the same high standard as British made arms, they can be easily identified by the omission of Tower on the lockplate and the use of an style italic date only, together with Liege proofs and the triple ring and dated roundel
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