A very elegant and unusual 14 bore rifled flintlock carbine
Firearms,Long Guns and Rifles
A very elegant and unusual 14 bore rifled flintlock carbine by Webb and Riggs, London c 1770-1780 fitted with paktong furniture. The swamped octagonal barrel is cut with 7 groove rifling, fitted with a gold lined vent and a silver blade foresight, struck with Tower private proof marks, and engraved WEBB & RIGGS LONDON. The figured walnut fullstock is carved with a shell behind the barrel tang, and fitted with an ivory tip to the fore end. The stepped lockplate is signed and engraved. The paktong furniture is nicely engraved and includes an acorn finialled trigger guard, a pierced sideplate, a shell finialled vacant escutcheon and 3 ramrod pipes. The carbine retains its original steel ramrod and one of its paktong sling swivels. It is rare to find an English carbine of this type at this date, Continental examples being fairly commonplace.
Barrel length 21¾” (55cms) Overall length 37” (94cms)
Stockel records Webb & Riggs from a single pistol with silver furniture dated 1779. L. Southwick “London Silver Hilted Swords” Royal Armouries 2001 notes “Bourne & Hawkins (from Webb & Riggs)” selling swords and fire arms (amongst others) from a trade card, and they are recorded in a 1790 directory.