December 04, 2019 10:00 AM EST Cincinnati


Interesting Flintlock Blunderbuss Marked Nottingham Police with Snap Bayonet

1.5" muzzle diameter, nominally about .65 caliber bore, 14.75" brass octagonal-to-round barrel, no S/N. Brass barrel and furniture, smooth straight-gripped walnut stock. Bolted flint lock with flat beveled swan neck cock and bridled roller frizzen. Lock with border line engraving and shield maker's mark involving three crowns and a cross. Top flat of barrel engraved: NOTTINGHAM POLICE. Upper left barrel flat with post-1813 Birmingham commercial proof marks separated by a {Crown}/IR maker's mark. Engraved brass furniture with a panoply of arms on the butt, floral patterns on the triggerguard and a stylized interpretation of the Prince of Wales feathers on the triggerguard finial. Mounted with 13.875" snap bayonet on top of barrel with 10.5" triangular blade. Lock remains in original flint configuration as does barrel. 




Provenance:From the collection of Peter Wainwright.


Very good. Brass with a mellow greenish-golden patina, with clear markings and some minor handling marks. Bore moderately oxidized. Action functional, snap bayonet spring weak and does not fully deploy, but locks in place as it should when fully extended. Stock in good condition with a repaired diagonal crack at right side of forend near the muzzle and another tight crack on the opposite side in the same general location. A small chip of wood is missing behind the breech plug tang above the wrist. Otherwise the stock shows only some scattered minor bumps, dings and small marks. 


Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
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