Original British King William IV Flintlock Saddle Ring Carbine Dated 1835

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This was recently sold off by a private collection in England. It is a fascinating weapon. The flintlock lock is marked with CROWN and W.R. together with the date of 1835 .

The lock has a safety catch behind the cock that engages when pushed forward. The English proofed .75 bore 26" barrel bears fixed rear and fore sights.The walnut stock has all brass mounts. There is an iron swivel ramrod.

Upon close examination one can just make out an East India Company "Rampant Lion" marking, adopted in 1808, stamped into the right hand side of the butt stock. It appears that this weapon saw service in the British military and was perhaps then sold off to the East India Company at a later date.

A very similar carbine is currently being offered by the renowned U.S. dealer, also of British extraction, Joe Salter in New Hampshire. His item #27948, which is also marked with Crown W.R. and dated 1836 has been converted to Percussion which he indicates as extremely rare as only thirty carbines apparently were converted.

This saddle ring carbine, still with original flintlock mechanism, shows use and there is some pitting on the hammer and rear portion of the lock plate where the safety is located and also at the rear end of the barrel.

Overall a very pleasing saddle ring flintlock carbine that has seen service in both England and in India. King William IV, the third son of King George III, only reigned seven years from 1830 until 1837 being replaced by his niece, Queen Victoria.

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