John Manton Carriage Carbine
Flintlock single barrel 10 bore coaching carbine by John Manton circa 1785 with 16.5" barrel and a gold semi-circle inlaid at the breech marked Manton, London, and a gold vent. The barrel is fluted for the first 6" and then round to the muzzle. The lock is engraved in gold with the initials J L. The stock has the early form of chequering, the butt plate has hand chequered indentations. The trigger guard has a hook protruding downwards to support the firer and has a set trigger. There are very faint traces of rifling and no escutcheon around the cross bolt. Overall length: 32", cased with rifle flask and many accessories. This gun is almost identical to one described on Pg 33 of Keith Neal's 'Book of Mantons' with the exception that the one in the book has been converted to percussion.