A Good English Brass Barrel Flintlock Blunderbuss Pistol with Bayonet by, J & W RICHARDS, LONDON
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A Good Antique English Brass Barrel Box-Lock Flintlock Blunderbuss Pistol with Spring Bayonet by, J & W RICHARDS, LONDON, circa. 1780. 6.5" brass blunderbuss flaring barrel with cannon muzzle; marked with (2) 'Crossed Sceptre' Proofs and the maker's mark of a "CROWN" over "R" (RICHARDS). The brass box-lock frame is engraved on the left side 'J & W RICHARDS', and on the right side 'LONDON'. Sliding safety mounted on the top just behind the cock. Under-mounted spring bayonet is released when the trigger guard is pulled back. Slab-sided wood grip stock is solid with the lose of a small portion where a natural 'knot' in the wood has shrunk with age and has fallen out (see photo); scratches and dings from years of service. The brass has a pleasing age patina. All steel parts have areas of 'salt & pepper' pitting under dark age patina. Wood ram rod with brass tip mounted on the left side of barrel. The pistol is in it's original flintlock configuration and in good mechanical working order. 12" overall length.
Note; these types of blunderbuss pistols were primary weapons for Land & Sea Service for the American Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.