H. NOCK, LONDON
A RARE .650 FLINTLOCK RIFLED VOLUNTEER CARBINE WITH ENCLOSED SCREWLESS LOCK, serial no. 11,
circa 1800, with octagonal to round 26in. barrel rifled in the Baker style, applied blade fore-sight, standing notch rear-sight on shaped foot, Baker style bayonet bar at muzzle, the top of the knock-off breech signed 'H. NOCK PATENT', special enclosed screwless lock signed in script 'H. NOCK', a starburst engraved over the retaining hook on the bar, walnut full-stock with brass furniture including patch-box to right hand side of butt, the spur of heel-plate engraved 'No 11', applied leather cheek-piece, stirrup swivels and split ramrod channel with pan-head iron ramrod
Provenance: In 1782 a new Master General of Ordnance was appointed - The Duke of Richmond. On the 19th June 1786 he placed an order with H. Nock;
"To Henry Nock the sum of Three Hundred & One pounds 11/9d. for making and completing 39 Pattern Muskets of sorts, & including 100 for his time, trouble & ingenuity for bringing the new invented Lock to so much perfection as P. Master Generals Order 29th May 1786".
In 1796, the Ordnance examined a complaint about the arms used by the Dragoons and the first batch of carbines and pistols fitted with Nock's screwless lock were delivered as a result, arriving in 1797. Of the 25 or so known surviving examples from a rumoured production of around 500 carbines, a large proportion have been modified with the application of a padded leather cheek-piece.
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