TOWER ARMOURIES, LONDON
A SCARCE .650 FLINTLOCK CARBINE, MODEL 'ELLIOT'S PATTERN 1776 LIGHT DRAGOON CARBINE', gun number 47,
circa 1778, with round iron 28in. barrel, block fore-sight acting as a bayonet lug, moulded band at breech, borderline engraved lock of 1777 Carbine Pattern with pointed tail signed 'TOWER', crown over 'GR' device below pan, swan-necked cock, walnut handrail full-stock with carved apron numbered '47' around the top-tang (some old armourer's inlet repairs at wrist), brass furniture and correct style iron ramrod
Provenance: Reference 'British Military Firearms 1650-1850' by H. Blackmore, pages 63 & 98. The 1st Pattern Elliot Carbine for Light Dragoons was named after General Elliot who was responsible for its design. He was the then Colonel of the 15th Light Dragoons in 1759. The first pattern introduced in 1760 was subsequently modified to the type here, the Pattern of 1776, and remained in service until around 1813
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