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Lot Number: 259
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c. 1740-1780 18th Century American Revolutionary War Period Use Choice Brass Barrel Flintlock Blunderbuss

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c. 1740-1780 18th Century with American Revolutionary War Possible Use, American/Prussian/English Brass Barrel Flintlock Blunderbuss, Choice Very Fine.

This American/Prussian/English Brass Barrel Flintlock Blunderbuss has a 16.25" long multi-stage Brass Barrel (most likely American made). The touch-hole shows evidence of being re-bushed. This Gun is in its Original Flintlock Configuration. It has a Prussian military Model 1740 Musket lock, Engraved "POTSDAM MAGAZ". The trigger guard is from a Prussian military Musket (possibly from a model 1740). The trigger and trigger plate may be from a Model 1740 Prussian military Musket as well. The butt plate is from an 18th century English Musket with remnants of decorative engraving visible. The Stock is most likely American Made and is solid, with a fine stress crack at the side-nail screw, and another just below the rear of the lock. It is well documented that during the American Revolutionary War weapons were in high demand and in short supply, resulting in guns being made from any available parts and pieces. This Blunderbuss is a perfect example. There are some scratches and dings from years of actual handling. The Brass ram rod is most likely a replacement. Overall, a very heavy Blunderbuss in genuinely nice physical condition and that is in good mechanical working order. See Ref., page 43. “Collector's Illustrated Encyclopedia of the American Revolution”, by George C. Neuman and Frank J. Kravic, c.1975.
Lot Number: 259
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