A 12-BORE FLINTLOCK BLUNDERBUSS WITH BRASS CANNON BARREL, no visible serial number,
circa 1770, with 15in. triple-staged barrel banded at the muzzle and with moulded bands at the intersections, the first section near breech going from eight to sixteen sided and engraved with a scrolled flourish at breech, Tower proofs, sparsely engraved iron top-tang, flat border engraved semi bevelled-edge lock with shallow stepped tail and signed 'WILKINSON' in script below the pan, swan-necked cock, walnut handrail banana full-stock finishing behind the cannon muzzle, white-metal wire inlay around the top-tang, brass rococco escutcheon to wrist, brass furniture including heel-plate with long engraved top-spur and brass tipped wood ramrod
Provenance: Whilst there have been many gun makers named Wilkinson in London, this is probably the work of William Wilkinson who traded in Kingston Upon Thames until around 1787.
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