A Restored Revolutionary War Period British Brass Barrel Flintlock Ship's Swivel Blunderbuss (Espingole), by, J. PROBIN
A Fine Restored Revolutionary War Period British Brass Barrel Flintlock Ships Swivel Blunderbuss (Espingole) by; "J. PROBIN", circa. 1770-1780. 18.25" round brass blunderbuss barrel. All brass furniture includes a trigger guard with an acorn finial. The stock has a period restoration around the muzzle and missing some wood just in front of the trigger guard from wear from the post & yoke otherwise, solid with normal period scratches and dings from years of service. The wrought iron post and yoke is original to the period but not to this gun. Wood ram rod with steel tip and worm. 35.5" overall length. The arsenal display stand is newly made of wood with copper plates modeled after the originals in museums. A fantastic looking ship's blunderbuss in good mechanical working order.
NOTE: The restoration; this gun was converted to percussion in the 1840's. The barrel's touch-hole has been re-bushed. We were fortunate to find an exact replacement lock in its original flintlock configuration. There is an old repaired section at the muzzle (about 6") that has been spliced in. The wrought iron post and yoke is original to the period but not to this gun. The arsenal display stand is newly made of wood with copper plates modeled after the originals in museums.
Additional thoughts: the barrel does not have any visible proof marks which may suggest at some point, the gun was in American hands where it is known that some intentionally removed any markings proving British ownership.
Ref: See; GUNMAKERS OF LONDON 1350-1850. by. Howard L. Blackmore. c. 1986, p. 59
also see; BOARDERS AWAY II Firearms of the Age of Fighting Sail. by, William Gilkerson. c.1993, pp. 97-119
BATTLE WEAPONS of the American Revolution. by, George C. Neumann. c. 1998, pp. 14, 191