Elliptical Bore Percussion Blunderbuss by Scalafiot of Turin

Nominally 1.5" x 2.5" elliptical bore. 14" long two-stage octagonal to elliptical wedged-retained barrel with baluster turned rings at the transition. NSN. Bright finish, brass mountings, folding figured smooth walnut stock. Folding stock, double lock, double hammer, double trigger percussion blunderbuss designed for superimposed loads. Barrel marked on top flat with gold highlighted raised maker marks in depressed ovals and engraved "Canon Tordu Scalafiot A Turin". Brass buttplate with simple scroll engraving on tang and scalloped edges, brass triggerguard engraved with panoplies of arms and simple foliate scrolls. Decorative brass plate in toe line is broken. Lightly engraved entry pipe and plain thimble, which retain a horn-tipped wood ramrod. Barrel delicately engraved at the tang, at the octagon to round transition and at the muzzle muzzle. Bartolomeo Scalfiot (sometimes written as Scalafiotti or Scalsiot) was a Torino (Italy) based gunmaker who worked 1781-1798. Blunderbuss likely altered to percussion during the first half of the 19th century. 


Very good. Gray metal lightly oxidized with scattered age discoloration and some lightly scattered minor roughness. Mechanically functional, moderately oxidized bore. Brass furniture with a medium golden patina, toe of stock with damage brass decorative inlay. Stock very good, nicely figures with scattered bumps, dings and mars. Folding stock mechanism functions correctly. 

Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500
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