So I am the fortunate owner of the #32 Nock rifled carbine musket, rack
number 32,initial ownership is reflected by the name E. Shaw on the
trigger guard. While I was the successful bidder in mid April I did not
pick it up until this past weekend as my wife for some unknown reason
did not believe we should cancel our travel plans so that I might
retrieve my new treasure.
I have been in contact with Elzar who is compiling a list of these
carbines and he has suggested that a separate post for each as found
would be best.
I don't know when I have been so taken with a new addition, so I will provide probably TMI about both the carbine and what I have learned about the the Loyal Horse Volunteers of London & Westminster.
In addition to Elzar's information I have been in contact with Jeff Paine author of the The Light Horse Rifled Carbine. Canadian Journal of Arms Collecting Vol. 34 No. 4 and Richard Dellar author of The British Cavalry Sword 1788-1912 Some New Perspectives who owns Colonel Charles Harries (founder and Colonel of the LHVof L&W) sword.
So I will first post some photos focusing on the rifled carbine and the unique Nock screw-less lock and following elaborate on some history and conjecture on the sword bayonet.
Comparison with A Baker rifle for scale
With Baker bayonet fixed,no play at all,feels like it is welded to the carbine.
As received,the scabbard missing the brass ferrule
Nock Lock (couldn't resist)
Interior cover plate locking lever engaged
Interior locking plate Locking lever disengaged
Stamp ? on hammer ?
Nock chambered breech & barrel
Barrel #32 to match buttplate, proofs, barrel/breechplug matching numbers XXlll
Edward Shaw #811 (the 811th to enlist) enlisted 8 July 1799 resigned July 26 1805 ( from
An Historical Record of the Light Horse Volunteers of London and
Westminster; with the muster rolls from the first formation of the
regiment, MDCCLXXIX, to the relodgement of the standards in the Tower,
MDCCCXXIX.) this information supplied to me by Jeff Paine
Baker 2nd or 1801 bayonet by Reddell & Bate ( Elzar's # 34 also came with a Reddell & Bate bayonet )
More than you probably ever wanted to know about the Light Horse Volunteers of London and Westminster.
First a couple more detail photos.
The leather cheek-piece still supple after 300 years!
The Nock breech clean out screw.
The Nock Breech (scanned from the article The Light Horse Rifled
Carbine by Jeff Paine,Vol 34,#4 p.112 Canadian Journal of Arms
Some photos of the Baker bayonet scabbard, may have been embossed at some time.
The cut off ramrod end now with a female thread.
Some sword bar dimensions for Elzar
Medallion of Colonel Harries founder and Colonel of the Light Horse Volunteers of London and Westminster An interesting find.One of three, the first in the British Museum,second a private collection and this one. The first two are near mint, mine is worn which to me is positive showing someone cared enough to carry it.
Colonel Charles Herries, Copper Medal, 1819, by W Bain, bare head of Herries left, name around, rev a plumed helmet superimposed on fasces, 49mm, (BHM 890, R4). BHM notes only a single example, in copper, of the finished medal (in the British Museum), and cites Grueber’s English Personal Medals (p.235), which states that only three examples were ever struck.Herries, who died in 1819, was buried in Westminster Abbey. For 25 years he was Commandant of the Light Horse Volunteers of the City of London and Westminster