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Lot 205: John Richards Coaching Flintlock Brass Barrel Blunderbuss

Auction Date: September 8, 2017

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,250 - $3,750

John Richards Coaching Flintlock Brass Barrel Blunderbuss

Manufacturer: British
Model: Blunderbuss
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 10
Barrel: 13 3/4 inch round
Finish: bright
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 2249
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 83
Class: Antique

British blunderbusses were issued to the Royal Mail coaches to defend against highwaymen and were also widely used to protect the private carriages of the elite. This example was manufactured by John Richards (active 1782-1808) and is marked with "JNO/RICHARDS" on the lock, "STRAND LONDON" on the top of the barrel, Tower private proofs at the breech on the left, and light engraving accents. The barrel has a 1 1/4 inside diameter at the muzzle and is approximately 10 gauge.

Rating Definition:

Very good. The barrel has an attractive golden rod patina. The barrel tang has gray patina and minor pitting. The lock has dark brown patina, faint pitting, and minor oxidation. The remaining surfaces have aged patina. The good stock is revarnished and has some chipping around the pins, a sliver absent from the forend at the muzzle on the right side, and minor dings. Mechanically excellent.

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