Treuille de Beaulieu Mle1854 1st Type carbine
Manufactured in France c.1854~56 by the Manufacture d’Arme de Chatellerault.
9mm pinfire brass and cardboard cartridge, proprietary falling block action inspired by Flobert parlor guns, single-shot breech loading cavalry musketoon.
A very advanced design which development started in the early 1851 from a specific command from prince-président Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte to Treuille de Beaulieu. Both the future emperor and the inventor shared a passion for ballistic and the improvement of French military firearms, leading to a weapon that, in the same way as the Dreyse bolt action rifle a little earlier, was leading the way by a few decades in term of firearm development.
This one is not fitted with the characteristic bayonet lug that bore the straight saber of the Cent-Gardes bodyguard of the emperor.