Ferguson Officer's Breech Loading Carbine

.70 caliber, 20" barrel, no S/N. An extremely rare and possibly unique short-barreled large bore rifled breech-loading flintlock carbine, using the Ferguson system perfected by British Major Patrick Ferguson by Robert Wilson of Menories, London. This fantastically rare and extremely attractive Ferguson type breech-loading carbine uses the actual Ferguson system consisting of an uninterrupted thread, single turn triggerguard serving as the breech. The bolted lock with bridled frizzen retains all its original small parts with engraved cock screw and sparse engraving on hammer and lock plate. Signed on oval "Wilson." The heavily swamped round barrel with flat at breech stamped with star and RW for "Robert Wilson" and viewed and proofed stamps. Single-leaf rear-sight and silver teardrop-shaped fore-sight, the heavily swamped barred deeply rifled with 10 grooves. The heavy steel triggerguard is engraved with a flower and breech itself engraved with a sunburst pattern at base and a flower at top. Brass buttplate engraved with stand of arms. Two ramrod pipes, original horn-tipped ramrod. The rarity and condition of this splendid "Ferguson" carbine cannot be overstated.


Barrel retains much of what appears to be its original glossy brown finish with thinning mostly at top. The figured walnut full stock with tiger striping retains what appears to be considerable original varnish with minor handling dents, mostly on side. Lock retains what appears to be some original bright polish, still has grease and dirt.

Estimate: $10,000 - $20,000
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