RARE GRIFFIN & TOW COACHING CARBINE, ca. 1770s: In overall very good original flintlock condition. The 16″, pin-fastened, octagonal to round, smoothbore, .64 caliber barrel with two London proof-marks and a faint “IG” (Joseph Griffin 1741-1782) maker’s mark. The breech with the reminents of a “London” marking within a balloon border; and fitted with a scroll-engraved iron tang (missing rear 1/2). The lock of high quality manufacture with a sliding rear safety (missing), a rounded lockplate and gooseneck hammer, each with a “hound’s-tooth” border engraving. Clearly engraved, under the powder-pan, “Griffin & Tow” (Griffin & Tow, London England 1772-1782, please see H. Blackmore: Gunmakers of London 1350-1850, pg. 104) Molded and carved, figured walnut fullstock with a pronounced raised comb and made without a butt-plate provision. Engraved brass mounts: a raised “S”-shaped sideplate, two barrel-form ramrod pipes and the trigger-guard with an acorn finial and a “Tudor Rose” engraved on the bow. In overall very good untouched original flintlock condition. The barrel with dark untouched surfaces with some moderate scattered pitting and discoloration overall: visible, though worn markings on the breech. Lock with a strong mainspring and all original components: the hammer will not hold, as the sliding safety interferes with the sear”: smooth dark patina and clear markings. Very good stock with smooth surfaces, 75% of its finish, some minor handling marks and some very light scratches overall. Sharp contours and very tight fitting to the mounts and mechanism. Associated? wooden ramrod and forward barrel-key. Overall length 30 1/2″. A rare and untouched English coaching carbine made by one of the best gumakers of the 18th century.
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