A Good English Brass Barrel Flintlock Blunderbuss of the French & Indian War - American Revolutionary War Period by COLUMBELL
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A Good Antique English Brass Barrel Flintlock Blunderbuss of the French & Indian War - American Revolutionary War period made by COLUMBELL, LONDON, circa. 1730-1740. 13.75" octagon-to-round-to-cannon muzzle brass barrel and struck on the left side of breech with (2)TOWER PROOFS and engraved LONDON on the top flat of breech. The classic Georgian period style convex lock is maker signed COLUMBELL (worn). The blunderbuss is in it's original flintlock configuration. Brass furniture includes a trigger guard with acorn finial, engraved butt plate, and a vacant oval wrist escutcheon. Brass tipped ram rod. The stock is solid with period replaced piece of would at the toe of butt; a sliver replaced on the left side of fore-end near muzzle; stress cracks; scratches and dings from years of service. An all original early example of classic King George II gun making at its best in good mechanical working order that is a bit worn but shows tremendous character. These early brass barrel blunderbuss' are getting harder to find. 29.5" overall length.
Note; These weapons were perfect for Coach defense and were the weapon of choice on the ships of the day because of their size (close quarter fighting) and being able to fire just about anything one could load it with !!! (Glass, rocks, nails and lead shot were the most effective).