Rare British Royal Navy Flintlock Swivel Blunderbuss, #3245 Firearms
A Rare Antique British Military Royal Navy Flintlock Iron Barrel Swivel Railing Blunderbuss, circa. 1760. 21.5" steel barrel with flared muzzle; struck w/(2) oval PROOFS and the barrel maker's mark a 'STAR' over 'WP' and an unidentified inspector's mark. The blunderbuss is in its original flintlock configuration. The lock plate measures 7" and is of the pattern 1756 British Military Long Land Pattern Brown Bess Service Flintlock Musket engraved w/a 'CROWN' over 'GR' (King George II-III), a small 'CROWN' over the 'BROAD ARROW' (denoting Government Ownership) and 'TOWER' (Tower of LONDON Arsenal) on the tail. Standard brass Sea Service Pattern furniture includes the earlier style butt plate tang. The stock has some period stress crack repairs on the underside in front of the trigger guard; a period repair on the left side of the fore-end at muzzle; a chip missing from the right upper edge at muzzle; scratches and dings from years of service. In good mechanical working order. A wonderful example that may have seen service in the French and Indian War, The American Revolutionary War, and The War of 1812 !!!
Note; The iron swivel is a modern hand forged replacement. Display stand included.
Ref. BOARDERS AWAY II Firearms of the Age of Fighting Sail., by William Gilkerson., c. 1993., pp. 97-119.
Ref. Small Arms of the British Forces in America 1664-1815., by De Witt Bailey Ph.D., c. 2009., pp. 185-204.