Durrs-Egg Breech Loading Rifled Cavalry Carbine

.60 caliber, 29.25" barrel, with breech 33", no S/N. An extremely rare breech-loading rifled flintlock cavalry carbine by Durs Egg, known as a "spear carbine," with Hennems lock. One of the rarest, if not the rarest, experimental British military arms, this spear carbine is the only example that has been sold in America in memory. Its unique action and equally unique spear bayonet renders this one of the rarest arms in the Wainwright collection. The lock signed "D-Egg" has all of its original small parts, tastefully engraved hammer, and line engraved frizzen. The barrel with octagonal breech and unique breech-loading system is marked at breech "D-Egg, London." Unique spear bayonet with checkered steel grip and long fullered spear blade. Long saddle-bar with no ring. The finely figured checkered walnut full stock with turning behind front of saddle bar.


Condition of lock is fine, with some traces of fading face color in the protected area. The prism spring has traces of original bluing. The beautifully browned Damascus finished barrel retains nearly all of a bright glossy British period re-brown, as does breech block. The stock appears to retain nearly all of its original varnish, showing beautiful figure at butt. Brass mounts of military regulation pattern are crisp. Action is perfect. 8-groove rifling is very fine and bore rates excellent. See Blackmore, British Military Firearms, 1650 - 1850, pg.101 for more information about these unique spear carbines. Altogether one of the rarest and finest English flintlock rifled muskets we have ever seen.

Estimate: $6,000 - $12,000
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