W. Bond Brass Blunderbuss
The blunderbuss has been around for as long as there have been firearms. The idea was that the spread of shot could be increased if the muzzle was flared, allowing the shot escaping the barrel to travel in all directions outward. One can say that the blunderbuss was the ancestor of the modern shotgun. Blunderbusses were popular as "crowd control" weapons, allowing for maximum damage in close quarters, hitting as many targets as possible. Often used aboard ships and by coachmen defending themselves against gangs of highwaymen, the blunderbuss was a highly effective weapon.
William Bond of London has been mentioned from 1768 to 1776 as having shops in Lombard Street and later at Nicholas Lane. Bond was the master of the London gunmakers' guild from 1829 until his death in 1836. This brass-barrelled blunderbuss is in very fine condition. It has a spring-loaded bayonnet attached under the barrel which snaps open when the trigger guard is pulled back. The lock works in both half and full cock, with a sliding hammer safety on the back of the grip which also locks the frizzen against the flash pan when engaged. A silver escutcheon is set into the walnut grip. The horn-tipped rammer is also in excellent condition. The barrel measures 27mm at the muzzle. A rare and beautiful 18th century antique.

$3,500
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