Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1128: Clarke of Dublin Brass Barreled Flintlock Blunderbuss

Auction Date: September 11, 2021

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,800 - $2,750

Clarke of Dublin Brass Barreled Flintlock Blunderbuss

Manufacturer: Irish
Model: Blunderbuss
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 12
Barrel: 14 1/2 inch part octagon
Finish: bright
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 1944
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 95
Class: Antique

Manufactured by Nicholas Clarke of Dublin, active c. 1787-1811. Blunderbusses were popular as coach guns during the British colonization of Ireland. During the time, highway robbery was common as a form of resistance against the British rule. This blunderbuss was likely used in such a fashion. The lock is marked "CLARKE" at the center. "--DUBLIN--" is marked on top of the barrel flat. "F 1549" is marked on top of the barrel flat and on the rear of the buttplate, which is an Irish registration mark for Fermanagh County in Northern Ireland, the likely residence of the original recipient of this blunderbuss. The barrel which flares out to 1 1/2 inches at the muzzle. The gauge is approximated above.

Rating Definition:

Very good with attractive aged patina visible on the brass, scattered moderate pitting on the lock with sharp markings, some minor oxidation, and generally mild wear. Stock is also very good as refinished with scattered dings and scratches and a mild chip underneath the belly. Mechanically fine.

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