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Lot 1381: Pair of Bass London Marked Brass Flintlock Blunderbuss Pistols

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Pair of Bass, London Marked Brass Boxlock Flintlock Blunderbuss Pistols

Estimated Price: $1,600 - $2,500

A) Bass Marked Flintlock Blunderbuss Pistol

Manufacturer: Bass
Model: Flintlock
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 58
Barrel: 5 inch part octagon
Finish: bright
Grip: walnut
Stock:
Item Views: 294
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 181
Class: Antique
Description:

This pair of attractive blunderbuss pistols is made almost entirely of brass, apart from the trigger and guard, cock, frizzen, and hammer/frizzen stall. They are engraved with stands of arms on the left signed "BASS" at the center and a stand of flags on the right with "LONDON" at the center. There is simple border engraving on the remainder and a small starburst on the trigger guards. The barrels are octagonal in the breach section with a wedding band on the round section and flare at the muzzles. They are fitted with hammer/frizzen stalls on top of the locks and smooth grips. The caliber is estimated at .58 and they flare at the muzzles to approximately .80.

Rating Definition:

Very good, the brass showing an attractive antique patina overall and mostly a smooth grey patina on the iron with some scattered light pitting and crisp engraving/markings. The refinished grip is good with a circular splice in the butt, some slight separation from the frame, and otherwise scattered light handling marks. Mechanically excellent.



B) Bass Marked Flintlock Blunderbuss Pistol

Manufacturer: Bass
Model: Flintlock
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 58
Barrel: 5 inch part octagon
Finish: bright
Grip: walnut
Stock:
Item Views: 294
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 181
Class: Antique
Description:

See "A".

Rating Definition:

Very good, the brass showing an attractive antique patina overall and mostly a smooth grey patina on the iron with some scattered light pitting and crisp engraving/markings overall. The refinished grip is good with some minor dings and scratches scattered throughout and some slight separation from the frame. Mechanically excellent.



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