This is an English Coaching Carbine made by Richard Welford in 1760. The gun was bought during the Depression from a pre-Revolutionary War home in Burlington, New Jersey by Samuel H. Laidacker. The family stated that the gun was captured from a Hessian mercenary on Christmas Eve 1776 after Washington's successful Crossing of the Delaware during the Revolutionary War. If true, the carbine was probably stolen by a Hessian during their looting, pillaging and raping spree through New Jersey. I have known the antique dealer who bought the gun since the 1950’s and have a signed letter telling the story about the gun's capture. Samuel H. Laidacker was an antiques dealer in eastern Pennsylvania. His specialties were firearms, American historical glass and Anglo-American historical Staffordshire china. Early in his career, he also dealt in other antiques, such as furniture, prints, coins and stamps. In addition to selling antiques, he sought to educate collectors through writing, publishing, and selling books and a magazine. His father, John Gideon Laidacker, was an antiques collector and dealer, beginning his career in the 1880s. His primary collecting interest was antique firearms and according to Norm Flayderman, John Laidacker had a personal collection of over 1,000 Kentucky Rifles. Samuel Laidacker conducted his business in several ways: selling at auctions, from a shop, by mail order, and at shows. In addition to running his own business, Laidacker also did cataloging for auction houses over a number of years, particularly for Parke-Bernet in New York. The Winterthur Library in Delaware has 82 boxes of the Samuel Laidacker papers. The picture of the desk shows a small portion of the firearms in the Laidacker collection.
Edited by kanemono, 26 August 2018 - 11:32 AM.