A good brass barrelled flintlock blunderbuss

Item:
996
Region:
Britain
Type:
Firearms/BlunderbussesFirearms,Blunderbusses
Description:
A good brass barrelled flintlock blunderbuss by Hector Essex of London c. 1815-1820 and fitted with a spring bayonet. The half octagonal barrel has a bell mouth with turned reinforces, and is struck with Birmingham proof marks together with the maker’s mark of a lion beneath the number 2, and is engraved LONDON. The spring bayonet is released by a sliding catch. The signed lock is stepped and fitted with a sliding safety bolt and a roller bearing frizzen spring. The brass furniture includes a pineapple finialled trigger guard with large engraved flower on the bow, and a buttcap engraved with Britannia’s shield upon flowers. The walnut fullstock is chequered at the wrist, and retains its original horn tipped wooden ramrod with steel worm. Excellent age patina.
Metrics:
Barrel length 14¼” (36cms) Overall length 30” (76.2cms)
Notes:
Hector Essex, gunsmith and jeweller 104 and 223-4 Strand, London 1805-1820.
Price:
£3,950