Large Brass Barrel Flintlock Ship's Swivel Blunderbuss (Espingole)
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A Fine, Rare and Unusual Large Brass Barrel Flintlock Ship's Swivel Blunderbuss (Espingole), circa. 18th century (1740-1770). This may be French or Dutch. Massive octagon to round brass blunderbuss barrel w/cannon muzzle (3" at mouth) and engraved on the top flat "? ? Naples" (worn). Iron 'Monkey-tail' tiller with brass ball pommel. Original iron swivel. The lock is mounted to the right side of the breech exterior. The iron has a dark rust age patina. Measures: 36" overall length. In wonderful untouched condition and in good mechanical working order. An awesome display piece !!!
Note; the trigger is bent upward.
Ref; BOARDERS AWAY II Firearms of the Age of Fighting Sail. by, William Gilkerson. c.1993, pp. 97-119
Ref; BATTLE WEAPONS of the American Revolution. by, George C. Neumann. c. 1998, pp. 14, 191
Note: We have not seen another example outside of a museum...