A Fine English Brass Barrel Flintlock Blunderbuss by KETLAND & Co.
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A Good Antique Revolutionary War Period English Brass Barrel Flintlock Blunderbuss by KETLAND & Co., circa. 1770's. 14.25" octagon-to-round-to-cannon muzzle brass barrel struck with (2) early private OVAL PROOFS on the left flat of breech, 'T K' (Thomas Ketland); latter marked with Irish Police Registry enforced in the year 1843; 'K-B 20S'. The lock is engraved and maker signed 'Ketland & Co.'. All brass furniture includes a trigger guard with Acorn finial. Bone tipped wood ram rod. The stock is solid with a chip missing from the upper right side edge at muzzle; scratches and dings from years of service. The blunderbuss is in it's original flintlock configuration and is in good mechanical working order. 30.25" 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).
THOMAS KETLAND: Gun maker in Birmingham 1766-1787. John and Thomas Ketland had offices in Philadelphia U.S.A. 1789-1800. Supplied the U.S. Government with gun locks. Ongoing research may prove they had offices in Maryland, New York, and Boston.
IRISH POLICE REGISTRY enforced in the year 1843 ordered from Dublin Castle: 'K-B 20S' (Kilkenny Borough). Ref. The Journal of THE ARMS & ARMOUR SOCIETY., Vol. VI, No. 10, June, 1970.