A Good English Medium Size Brass Box-Lock Flintlock Blunderbuss Pistol by SHARPE
A Good Antique English Medium Size Brass Box-Lock Blunderbuss Pistol by, SHARPE circa. 1770-1780. 5.25" brass round blunderbuss barrel with cannon muzzle, marked on the right side of the breech with (2) Oval "PROOF" and "VIEW" stamps. The pistol is in its original flintlock configuration. Original wood ram rod with horn tip. The flat sided wood grip stock is solid with light dings and scratches from years of service. Top mounted sliding safety. All steel parts have areas of light spot pitting. 9.75" overall length. In good mechanical working order. The perfect size naval weapon and the type used throughout the American Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.
ABOUT THE MAKER: The SHARPE gun making name has been around since the early 17th century. This pistol was most likely made by John 2 (son of William 5, apprentice to father, c. 1770's) or Richard 2 (son of William 5 and worked with his father at Minories, c. 1772-1780's).
It is important to note that we have encountered many rather simple average quality single shot flintlock pistols made by SHARPE with both iron and brass barrels that are very similar to those made by KETLAND. These pistols were apparently made in large quantities for the American colonies, c. 1770's through the fur trade, c. 1840's. This blunderbuss pistol is the first example we have seen made by this maker.