Original Rare British P-1773 Eliott Flintlock Carbine with Ramrod "Nose Cap Catch" - Circa 1773-1780

Item Description

Original Item: Only one available. Approved by King George III in June 1773 this 28" barrel flintlock carbine was named after General George Augustus Eliott, commander of the 15th or "The Kings's Own Royal Light Dragoons". These were mainly produced at cavalry "saddle ring" carbines, however they are also seen with out the saddle ring bar, instead fitted with sling swivels. There is an example of one such Eliott circa 1785 of one such carbine in the collections of the Royal Armouries, mentioned here on their website: Eliott Carbine.

Originally designed around 1760 with a 36" barrel and a wooden ramrod, in 1773 the carbine design was shortened to a 28" barrel, and the wooden ramrod was done away with. This was replaced by a metal ramrod with a swell near the end, around which a groove was cut. This was to index into a protrusion at the front of the nose cap to secure the ramrod in position. Approved by the king in June 1773 it is often referred to as the carbine with 'the catch to the nose cap.' The protrusion was later done away with, but the ramrod continued with a cut groove. See BRITISH MILITARY FIREARMS by Howard Blackmore Page 63 with illustration on Plate 19.

The Elliot carbine saw service throughout the American War of Independence and was still in service by the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 by which time various other carbine styles had also been adopted. Made at a cost of one pound eighteen shillings and ten pence and one halfpenny mainly only for the Light Dragoons.

This wonderful rare example is in very good condition, and is one that was set up with swivels for a sling, and not a saddle ring bar. It conforms completely to the early pattern, with an engraved lock (not stamped), and still retains its correct steel ramrod and "Nose Cap Catch", which is fully functional. The carbine measures 43 1/4 inches with a 28 inch barrel, and the carbine has correct all brass mounts. It has the front sight about 1 1/2 inches from the muzzle, which made it possible to attach a bayonet.

The lock plate is correctly marked CROWN / GR under the hammer, with TOWER across the lock plate tail. There is also the CROWN / V "Lock Viewer's Mark". The barrel has a faded CROWN / GR proof mark on the left side by the breech, as well as what looks to be a very worn Birmingham Proof mark. The lock functions correctly, holding at half cock and firing at full.

This really is a great looking example of a rare carbine, with a lovely stock that has some curl to the grain on the butt stock. There is some wear and repairs, but overall it presents wonderfully. The metal work has a nice aged patina.

Very rare, in wonderful condition, ready to add to your collection!


Year of Manufacture: circa 1773-1780
Caliber: .65 inches
Ammunition Type: Lead Ball & Powder
Barrel Length: 28 inches
Overall Length: 43 1/4 inches
Action: Side Action Flintlock
Feed System: Muzzle-Loaded

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