Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1073: Documented Early Brass Barreled Doglock Blunderbuss

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $4,500 - $7,000

Documented Early Brass Barreled Doglock Blunderbuss

Manufacturer: English
Model: Flintlock
Type: Musket
Gauge: 1 1/8 inch
Barrel: 28 inch round
Finish: bright
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 506
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 47
Class: Antique

This large blunderbuss is pictured and discussed on pages 278-280 of "American Military Shoulder Arms, Volume 1: Colonial and Revolutionary War Arms" by George Moller where it is noted as by George Fisher, Jr. and as possibly manufactured c. 1687. He notes that the bore is 1 1/8 inches at the breech and flares to 1 1/4 inches 3 inches from the muzzle and then flares out rapidly. It features a true doglock with a horizontally acting sear and only a full-cock notch on the tumbler. It has a dog catch behind the cock and a beveled edge on the tail terminating in a teat. The lock is secured by three screws. The trigger bar extends up through the lock mortise and pivots on a pin through the stock above the lock mortise. The barrel has sea serpent shaped maker's mark with "GF" followed by early London proof marks. The furniture is iron and includes a band on the forend tip, a stud passing through the stock starting on the right side of the stock believed to have been used to steady the gun, a trigger guard with front screw that passed through the stock and secures the iron barrel tang, and a buttplate with a long comb extension. The stock has a nicely shaped comb, rounded butt, and George Moller's discreet "GDM" collection mark stamped near the toe. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Very good with aged patina on the brass barrel, dark brown patina and moderate oxidation and pitting on the iron, and general moderate age and storage related wear throughout. The stock is also very good and has some small insect holes, small flakes and slivers absent at the edges, discreet repairs, and mild overall wear. Mechanically fine.

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