A .650 LOVELL'S PATTERN 1844 PERCUSSION YEOMANRY CARBINE MARKED TO THE AYRSHIRE YEOMANRY CAVALRY, CIRCA 1844, serial no. D64,
with 21in. fully Ordnance marked barrel fitted with a small block and blade front-sight and fixed vee block rear-sight with a swivel rammer hinged at muzzle, fitted with Lovell's pattern side-action lock stamped with the Crown over 'TOWER 1844', regulation brass mounted full walnut stock the buttcap tang engraved 'A / Y.C / D / 61' Ayrshire Yeomanry, D troop gun number 64, side rib and ring missing
Provenance: This attractive pattern of carbine was designed by George Lovell Chief Ordnance Storekeeper for issue to Britain's Yeomanry. It is a reduced size version of the pattern 1843 Victoria carbine and a much more practical arm for cavalry and it is estimated that 8000 were made. At the time of issue the AYC totalled six troops totalling 27 officers and 475 men and were one of only two regiments of Yeomanry remaining in Scotland, the other being the Lanarkshire Yeomanry. The regiment was called out in aid of the civil powers from time to time including the Glasgow riots of 1848
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