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Product 24 of 24

Modele XII Regulation Versailles Carbine, c.1812

Price:   $ 14,000.00
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Modele XII Regulation Versailles Carbine, c.1812. This superlative firearm is stamped on the butt just above the plate, with the Official macaron, double circles with the letters EF (Empire Francaise, the date 1812 above and the letter M underneath). The carbine is approx 104.1cm overall length, the barrel 64.7cm from tip to breach. The lockplate is marked Mre Imple de Versailles with partial Inspector’s stamp above N (Nicaise). The Versailles flintlock arm was the very handsome Swan Neck design which this weapon does not have; so the arm in this case is probably a replacement (Versailles records note a total of 33 replacement carabines issued). The barrel has several stamps at the breach area, D of 1er Controleur Deschaseaux and B of Inspecteur Bureau on the left side, #18 on the right side, and another large oval in the top centre with a stamp difficult to decipher. The 7 groove hexagonal rifled barrel is bright throughout its length and so clean that it might never have been fired; the touch hole and brass pan are brilliant. The brass trigger guard and butt plate are also stamped D (Deschaseaux) both sling attachments and all hardware are in almost mint condition. The wooden stock has a limited number of small marks from handling and there is a small crack (under one inch) from the front of the trigger guard to the lockplate and another small parting at the barrel tip. The flared end of the ramrod is marked (stamped) D of the first Controleur. The An XII Modele carbine was the highest quality firearm issued to the Grande Armee with strictly limited distribution. As a general rule, two were allotted to the best marksmen in the Velites of the Guard, and to light companies of skirmishers of the line; Versailles records show that a total of 2212 were issued and a further 80 allotted to the Mamelucks. A rare opportunity to acquire a most handsome and scarce artifact.