Blunderbusses are widely recognized for their use by and against boarding parties in naval combat, especially by the British Navy and pirates. This has made them highly desirable collectibles. Those with brass barrels were especially suited for the high seas since they are resistant to salt water corrosion. British blunderbusses were also issued to the Royal Mail coaches to defend against highwaymen. They were used by civilians on private vessels and on land for self-defense. Their flared muzzles acted as a funnel and made reloading much easier while bumping along in a coach or on the rolling seas. Most reports indicate they perform similar to modern short barrel shotguns of the same bore size making them well suited for close quarters offensive and defense engagements. "D. Egg" signature inscribed at the center of the lock for Swiss born English gunmaker Durs Egg (1748-1831), with some light dog and bird engraving accents at the tail of the lock and a gold lined pan. The furniture has some light engraving. The stock has silver wedge escutcheons, a small silver thumb plate, and a checkered wrist. Wooden ramrod with swelled horn tip. The barrel flares to 1 1/3 inches at the muzzle with an approximately 12 gauge bore. Equipped with a 15 1/2 inch snap bayonet.
Fine overall as period refinished with a smooth brown and light oxidation on the barrel, mix of blue finish and brown patina on the other components, oxidation on the buttplate, partially faded engraving patterns, and general minor marks. The revarnished stock has crisp checkering, some cracking at the wedges, some slight surface chips, and minor dings and scratches. Mechanically fine including the bayonet mechanism.
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