Item #33577

Rare Lower Canada 1856 Artillery Carbine

  • Price: $3,950.00
  • Maker: Enfield
  • Model: 1856 Artillery Carbine
  • Caliber: 577

  • Description: We are pleased to offer a very scarce Canadian/British artillery carbine with bayonet. For reference see "Defending The Dominion" by David Edgecombe as per the referred to pages. This artillery carbine shows the 24" barrel with a bright excellent bore and the correct British & Belgium proofs. The overall length is 40" with the scarce lower Canada marked butt plate to the 2nd Quebec Foot artillery. The plate shows the LC over D over 2. See page 15 aforesaid . page 213 of the book "The British Soldiers Firearm 1850-1864" by roads shows the Royal Artillery carbine Liege, 1856. Page 215 showing the identical breech and back site. This carbine is mounted with the relatively scarce Belgium built barrel and locks but was stocked with a British contract wood ward and son stock and is so marked on the bottom of the butt. Page 14 of Edgecombe indicates that 275 artillery carbines with only 100 made up from Liege material. All were marked WD broad arrow. This example shows the same on the right side of the butt and the later added surplus marking. he further indicated that the 100 carbines were distributed through Montreal. The wood is sound with a tight gerin chck to the rear of the lock. Otherwise no breaks or repairs. It shows all of tis original markings. The rammer appears to be a later replacement. The metal shows all crisp clear markings, dark patina finish and little pitting. The swivels and bands are original. This carbine came with an 1856 pattern sword bayonet see page 114"British and Commonwealth bayonets by Skennerton plate B150. The bayonet fits perfectly showing the equivalent wear and finish to the carbine. Complete with black leather frog with split seams. These bayonets were issued in Canada to the Royal Canadian rifles. The bayonet shows no markings which is not uncommon to some material as acquired by the Tache' Commission directly from the factories in England. This carbine unit is best described by Edgecombe at page 26" that the early Canadian issue weapons are deemed to be very rare and that the 76 artillery carbines marked to the foot artillery are the rarest of all". The rarity factor is further increased when you consider the survival rate of the 76 carbines from the January 1879 inventory to the present time. Antique