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Flint-lock carbine: HEN.M.434-1933

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Current Location: Gallery 31 (Armoury)


Production: Unknown




Flint-lock carbine

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J.S. Henderson Bequest

Measurements and weight

Length: 97 cm
Weight: 3810 g

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1933-03-16) by Henderson, James Stewart


Late 17th Century
Production date: circa AD 1690


Smoothbore firearms are not very accurate as a spherical ball does not fly straight and wanders off in flight. More accurate firearms use projectiles that are cylindrical in shape and are given a spin by spiral grooves cut into the barrel of the gun called rifling. These were expensive to make and were often used for hunting weapons where cost was less important and accuracy paramount.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: HEN.M.434-1933
Primary reference Number: 19534
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 23 June 2021 Last processed: Thursday 24 June 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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