Original 18th Century Queen Anne marked British Brass Barrel Naval Flintlock Blunderbuss by I. Jones dated 1710
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice example of a British brass-barreled Blunderbuss, as used in the Royal Navy of the 18th Century. The lock is maker marked I. / JONES / 10 on the tail of the lock, indicating production in 1710 by maker I. Jones (or possibly J. Jones). This maker worked in LONDON from 1700 until 1725, and was well-known for making these NAVAL BLUNDERBUSSES, many of which were acquired by the Royal Navy for use on their Men-o-War Battleships.
This fine example has an early military type rounded faced lock plate without any pan re-enforcement bar. The trigger guard, also made of brass, is also of early form and the butt plate is flat and correctly nailed onto the Butt Stock. The lock is marked with royal cypher CROWN / AR, for Queen Anne, who ruled between 1702 until 1714, being the last of the House of Stuart.The brass side plate is typical of those found from the time, and the wooden ramrod has a lovely horn tip. The gun's barrel bears London Proof Marks, including the CROWN / CP black powder proof and the CROWN / V viewing mark. The top of the barrel is marked LONDINI, the "latinized" name for London. There may also be a maker mark on the barrel, but it is obscured.
In really nice tight original condition this is a great example dating from the time of Queen Anne. The wood stock is solid and has a great color, with no chunks missing, cracks, or repairs. The hammer action is strong, and the lock holds correctly at half-cock.
Clearly long well treasured, this is ready to display. A worthy addition to any British Naval collection!
Year of Manufacture: 1710
Ammunition Type: Lead Shot & Powder
Barrel Length: 13 1/2 inches
Overall Length: 27 inches
Action: Flintlock Side Action
Feed System: Muzzle-Loaded
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