An Indian steel barrelled flintlock blunderbuss
An Indian steel barrelled flintlock blunderbuss fitted with an East India Company lock dated 1804. The barrel has a flared muzzle and an octagonal breech. The regulation lock is engraved with the maker HIRST, the EIC bale mark dated 1804 and is struck with an inspector’s mark. The regulation brass mounts are augmented by an unusual brass ammunition box with a sprung hinged lid set into the butt, and by a steel belt hook, and retains its original steel ramrod. Excellent age patina, the frizzen has been refaced during its working life.
Barrel length 12¼” (31cms) Overall length 27½” (70cms)
James Hirst, gunmaker of Little Tower Hill, London was Contractor to the Ordnance 1777-1783, and to the East India Company 1781-1804