A good friend brought this back for me. I am a bit out of my depth here (I usually focus on Great War Enfields) and would appreciate any comments as to whether it is the genuine article, a mishmash of parts --- or ? Frankly this is immaterial to me given the nature of the gift but I am interested nonetheless.
I tried to photograph all the marks. The stock may have a very faint cartouche but certainly has a P. The buttplate tang is stamped 32 P
My limited references would suggest this is a 1856 Cavalry Carbine - is this correct?
Finally, I would also appreciate suggestions on preservation/cleaning or any other action to be taken. Thanks in advance.