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Lot 268: Engraved Griffin Flintlock Coach Gun/Blunderbuss

Auction Date: December 9, 2022

Lot 268: Engraved Griffin Flintlock Coach Gun/Blunderbuss

Auction Date: December 9, 2022

Estimated Price: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized:

Engraved Griffin Flintlock Coach Gun/Blunderbuss

Manufacturer: Griffin
Model: Blunderbuss
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 18
Barrel: 10 1/2 inch round
Finish: bright
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 470
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 209
Class: Antique
Description:

The short iron barrel has London proof and view marks flanking a "crown/F" stamp on the upper left, "GRIFFIN BOND ST. LONDON" on top of the barrel in an engraved panel, engraved iron tang, and 1 inch muzzle opening. The gauge is estimated. With a moderate flare at the muzzle to aid in loading and a short overall length of 25 1/2 inches, this gun would have made an excellent coach gun. The lock is signed "GRIFFIN" at center and has a bridled pan, ornate finial on the frizzen spring, sliding half-cock safety, and border engraving. The furniture is brass and mainly has scroll, floral, and border engraving. The wrist escutcheon has a coronet with four pearls over a rampant unicorn with a blazing sun in the background and a torse below. Joseph Griffin, son of Benjamin Griffin, was a gunmaker in London from the mid 18th century through 1782. He was in partnership with his father until 1770 and then with John Tow from 1772-1782. Provenance: The Collection of Joe M. Wanenmacher Jr

Rating Definition:

Very good with mottled gray patina on the barrel and lock, aged patina on the brass, and general mild overall wear. The stock is also very good and has a sliver absent along the right edge of the forend with general dings and scratches. Mechanically fine.



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