Original Early "New World" Dutch Influenced Flintlock Blunderbuss with New York State Link c.1690-1710
Original Item: One of a Kind. Found somewhere in New York State, this has the "look" that as a child, IMA Owner Christian Cranmer envisioned every Pirate to carry. Clearly showing great Dutch traits this weapon has a wonderful profile, especially the very appealing "BOW" shaped butt stock of that early Colonial period. The barrel is iron,about 18 1/2" long with a gently flared muzzle. The barrel tang pin rises from the trigger guard and screws into the tang, another early sign.
The fittings are all brass, with typical 17th century floral designs. The iron lock is minimally engraved surprisingly, and has a reinforcement on the outer edge to support the frizzen screw. However this old lady has been so extensively used that the bed of the pan has burned through, revealing that the touch hole is drilled at a forward angle. This may indicate the the lock may be a working life replacement, say 20 to 30 years later. There is NO bridle on the tumbler on the inside of the lock.
There is no Maker's mark or signature of place of origin marked anywhere on the gun, further suggesting Colonial manufacture. The barrel has two sets of numbers on the upper rear end:- 175+ and 893, which may have been Militia or inventory numbers added when used in State Service. There also is a V / G marking on the barrel.
The Blunderbuss measures just 32" in overall length, and we suspect it be a very early, possibly New York State made weapon from as early as 1690, used by the Colonists with possible lock replacement as late as 1730ish. Not to be confused with anything from South Eastern Europe or North Africa, this truly is the real McCoy!!!
Gently cleaned and ready to display!
Specifications:Year of Manufacture: Circa 1690-1710
Ammunition Type: Lead shot & Powder
Overall Length: 32 inches
Barrel Length: 18 1/2 inches
Action: Flintlock Side Action
Feed System: Muzzle-Loaded
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