A Good English/Irish Brass Barrel Flintlock Blunderbuss by, MORTON, DUBLIN
A Good Antique English/Irish Brass Barrel Flintlock Blunderbuss by MORTON, DUBLIN, circa. 1780-1790. 17" octagon-to-round-to-cannon muzzle brass barrel struck with (2) "CROSSED SCEPTER" PROOFS, engraved "Dublin", and stamped with the Irish Police gun registry marks "K-D-513" (Kildare, Ireland). The same Police registry mark is stamped on the butt-plate. This blunderbuss originally had a spring bayonet mounted on the underside of the barrel which was removed later in its working life and a ram rod pipe added. The stepped lock is maker signed "Morton" with high quality roller frizzen spring. All of the brass furniture has been professionally cleaned and polished. The blunderbuss is in it's original flintlock configuration and is in good mechanical working order. 32.75" overall length.
RESTORATION: Older replacement wood ram rod (not full length). The stock is now solid with an age crack in front of the trigger guard finial and a large chip has been mended on the left side of the barrel tang. Both sides of the fore-end where the barrel key is located, was cracked and separated and fixed long ago and broke again (now restored). The stock overall is sound with scratches and dings from years of service.
About the maker (William) MORTON: 1768 Freeman, 1774-1788 31 Skinner Row, 1789-1802 28 Castle Street.
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).