an1455aAn interesting and unusual approx .577” Native States manufactured cavalry carbine of ‘Victoria’ pattern.



An interesting and unusual approx .577” Native States manufactured cavalry carbine of ‘Victoria’ pattern. English made Ordnance issue Pattern 1853 swivel link lock re engraved with a Crown to the tail and Indian issue marks to the front of the hammer including a spurious date of 1754. Figured stock probably of local Indian manufacture is fitted with brass furniture including a spurred trigger guard and nose cap / front rammer pipe of Victoria carbine pattern and a screw retained butt plate. Cavalry sling bar and ring to the left side to allow the carbine to be carried from the cross belt by mounted troops. English manufactured browned smooth bore Damascus twist barrel with Pattern 1853 type block and blade foresight, standing rear sight and swivel cavalry pattern rammer to the muzzle. The breech area struck with issue numbers 545 and 283. An interesting little carbine, clearly made as a small bore copy of the Ordnance issue Victoria or Yeomanry carbine made from a mixture of recovered English manufactured parts including the lock, barrel, rammer, trigger guard, butt plate and nose cap fitted to a locally manufactured stock, sling bar associated fittings. Possibly made around 1860/70 to the order of the ruler of one of the many small princely states in India at the time, or may be as a very good quality tourist piece, although this carbine seems to have been made to be used from good quality parts unlike most of the Victorian Indian tourist souvenir guns that appear on the market. An interesting carbine of a pattern I have not seen before and worthy of furthur research.

Kings Shilling Antiques,
Fultons Building, 
Bisley Camp, 
Surrey         GU24 0NZ

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