A RARE .65 INDIA PATTERN SERGEANTS FLINTLOCK CARBINE PATTERN OF 1807, CIRCA 1807, no visible serial number,
with 37in. barrel, the breech stamped with the Kings proofs and Ordnance inspection stamps, fitted with a block front-sight bayonet lug, border engraved lock of rounded form, stamped 'TOWER' on the tail and bearing the Crown G.R. cypher to the centre and fitted with a swan-neck cock, regulation brass mounted full walnut stock with handrail wrist and high comb the right butt with a faint B.O. broad arrow stamp
Provenance: The Pattern 1807 Sergeants carbine is basically a reduced proportion India Pattern Bess, made for the use of sergeants whom it was thought needed a lighter and handier musket, their main duty in combat being organising and controlling the men under their command. Blackmore in 'British Military Long Arms 1650 to 1850' states few of these were made. It also appears that the India Pattern Artillery carbine is an identical weapon
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