An unusual and good quality flintlock blunderbuss by Jover & Son
An unusual and good quality flintlock blunderbuss by Jover & Son, c 1785, fitted with a spring bayonet, a brass lockplate and a gold lined vent. The two stage swamped brass barrel is signed Jover & Son, London, and struck with London proofmarks and the maker's mark WI (for William Jover). It is fitted with a triangular section spring bayonet with roller bearing spring. The stepped lockplate is signed, and fitted with a sliding safety bolt. The brass furniture is engraved with trophies of arms centred upon Britannia shields, the acorn finialled trigger guard is engraved with a flower head. The figured walnut stock is carved with a shell behind the barrel tang, and has a slender "hand rail" grip. Retaining its original wooden ramrod with steel worm and horn tip. Preserved in good condition.
Barrel length 14½" (36.5cms) Overall length 29¾" (75.5cms)
William Jover (1) went into partnership with his son William Jover (2) as gunmakers, 337 Oxford Street, London 1784-1796