A very rare Flintlock Saddle Carbine By D. Egg,

Stock Code: 8578

. A very rare Flintlock Saddle Carbine By D. Egg, London, 43” overall. 30” 22 smooth bore barrel with block rear sight and blade fore sight, signed ‘D.Egg London' along the breech flat, gold-lined touch-hole, plain tang, border engraved flat bevelled lock signed in script and decorated with a starburst behind the pan and with foliage on the stepped tail, border engraved safety-catch and cock, the latter decorated with a martial trophy, figured full length stock with slim 'hand-rail' butt. Brass mounts of regulation type comprising butt-plate, trigger-guard and ramrod-pipes, steel saddle-bar of circular section, sling loop, and stirrup ramrod with spring retainer between the ramrod-pipes. London proof marks

Circa 1778

Very good near mint unused condition, one small chip to stock beside the barrel tang.

Provenance. This carbine, one of a total of eight similar exp[ermental carbines;  by D.Egg  by Wogdon and J Hunt; formed part of a display of arms and armour in the Armoury Hall at Shirburn Castle, Oxfordshire, the seat of the Earls of Macclesfield since 1716, and were probably ordered by Lt.Col Lord Geogre Lane Parker son of 2nd Earl Macclesfield  to arm a troop of volunteer horse. This example was probably intended for an officer.

Shirburn CASTLE near Oxford , home to the 1st Earl of Macclesfield. The Castle remained the seat for the Earls until 2004 when the current Earl, the ninth, was evicted by his own Estate Trustees supposedly for misdirecting family assets. The castle had been put in Trust by the eighth Earl to avoid debilitating taxation and effectively the family lost control of the estate. As it happened a legal battle ensued resulting in the current Earl having to vacate the property but taking with him all its contents which, it was ruled, were not part of the Trust. Everything was sold including the entire armoury .

 See Robert Wogdon London Gunmaker 1764 -1819

by J O'Sullivan & De Witt Bailey pages 266-69.

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