British East India Company Sea Service Iron Barrel Blunderbuss marked Earl Balcarras
Original Item: Only One Available. This weapon was found in 2003 among those recovered from the Kathmandu Nepal in the Palace of Lagan Silikana and has only recently been restored for display and sale.
This is a charming little Naval Blunderbuss measures just 35-inches overall length.
Features fine brass mounts and appears to be late 18th century manufacture. The lock is made by REA, has a crown / 3 inspectors mark, bears the EIC heart logo across the tail and is dated 1772.
An 18-inch iron swamped barrel bearing the East India Company heart motif logo with faint Birmingham proof marks and engraved EARL BALCARRAS an Indiaman. The EARL BALCARRAS was an Indiaman built as a frigate in Bombay in 1814; she was 1,400 tonnes and had a crew of 130 men, saw EIC service until being sold off in 1834. Clearly this Blunderbuss was in EIC Service for many years prior to be assigned to the EARL BALCARRAS, clear this provides loads of research potential.
What appears to be the original swamped iron ramrod that is threaded at the base.
The Brass butt plate bears number 16 on the tang and the wrist of the stock that at some time had had checkering added.
Point of note- slight wood loss to fore end left side and evidence of some wood repair directly behind the brass S side plate indicating the possibility of once having a swivel ring in that location.
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