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A First Model Military Carbine Bore Baker Flintlock Rifle, Later Converted to Socket Bayonet.

Stock Number: 20170730

£11500.00 GBP

Offered for sale is this Antique 1st Model Military Baker Rifle, C 1802, of Carbine Bore of 0.625 inches.. With a 30-1/4 inch round barrel, in excellent condition, with a back sight of standard pattern, 2 Ordnance marks, and a vg bore with seven rectangular grooves. The lockplate clearly stamped with "Crown/GR","Issue mark", and "Tower". Converted post Napoleonic Wars to Socket instead of Bar on Barrel Bayonet.

Period

C1802

Dimensions

See Text

Geographical area

UK and Ireland

Category: Firearms

Description

Offered for sale is this Antique 1st Model Military Baker Rifle, C 1802, of Carbine Bore of 0.625 inches.. With a 30-1/4 inch round barrel, in excellent condition, with a back sight of standard pattern, 2 Ordnance marks, and a vg bore with seven rectangular grooves. The lockplate clearly stamped with “Crown/GR”,”Issue mark”, and “Tower”. The lock with a detented tumbler. There is a ring necked Cock, Frizzen and Hinged Strike Plate. The action to 1/2 and full lock is sound and strong. The one piece original walnut stock is in vg condition, to a fine grained patina, with no cracks or splits, and only minor dings of age and use. To the RHS of the shoulder stock is a brass Patch Box, with a hinged lid, and clearly stamped to the stock in front of it, is a “Board of Ordnance” mark,. There is standard brass work to the Trigger Guard, and Butt Cap, which is stamped “P.R.34”. There are 2 sling swivels correctly placed. The original Iron Ramrod, has the standard “Swell” near the muzzle end, and it also has an ordnance mark. This is retained by 2 standard brass Pipes. As this is a very early model, it would have had a bar on barrel for a bayonet. However, as the years progressed to 1815, it was found that this created numerous usage problems. Therefore, many rifles that survived to this point, were converted to a Socket Bayonet fitting ..and this is a vg example of this. To effect this, the fore aspect of the stock was reduced, a small locking stud added below the muzzle,, and the foresight moved back. This resulted in an o/a length of 45-1/4 inches.
Therefore, we have here a very fine example of a very early Baker Rifle, that probably saw Military service during the Napoleonic Wars, and, to extend it’s Military life, saw it’s conversion to improve the use of a superior bayonet.

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GB Millais Antiques

I have dealt in Antique Arms and Armour for about 35 years, and my interest began as a school boy during the 2nd WW.
After leaving my home town of Leicester, I went to University, and qualified as a Dental Surgeon at Guys Hospital in 1961 .
My main interests are British and North American Arms of the 18th, 19th,and early 20th Century, plus a few Continental items.
It was 13 years ago that I retired from Dentistry. However, I have continued running my Antiques business, initially while still in practice, and now make most of my sales online, but still exhibit at a number of specialized Antique Arms and Militaria Fairs eg .. Bisley, Bristol, and also at the IACF Fairs, at Ardingly, Sussex.
I also deal in Period Scientific Instruments, mainly of a military association, and have a full listing on www.fleaglass.com.

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