A good brass barrelled flintlock blunderbuss
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.
Barrel length 14¼” (36cms) Overall length 30” (76.2cms)
Hector Essex, gunsmith and jeweller 104 and 223-4 Strand, London 1805-1820.