~ 1689 Musketoon Blunderbuss With a c1630 Dog Lock, Tools and Case ~
The musketoon or more commonly known as blunderbuss is a shorter-barrelled version of the musket, and served in the roles of a shotgun or carbine.
This is a doglock piece and it comes with a screwdriver and a brass and leather powder horn.
The brass barrel is half hexagonal and half cylindrical.
Its hexagonal top is marked ‘EM 5 Dec 1689’. On its left side bears three proof marks.
On its stock side the barrel frame has a cut sight.
The wooden stock is reinforced with a brass plate.
Latin text and various decorations are etched on the screwdriver’s blade. Unfortunately because of its age and some spots of surface rust the text is not clearly visible.
The powder horn is fitted with a special lock system that allows the user to measure the amount of powder to be used for different types of projectiles.
The case seems to be a later one, specially adapted to accommodate this musketoon.
~ Dimension ~
The barrel length is 16.33 inches (41.5 cm) and the overall length of the musketoon is 31.88 inches (81 cm).
The case width is 33.46 inches (85 cm), its depth is 7.28 inches (18.5 cm) and it stands 4.13 inches (10.5 cm) tall.
The set weighs 7.8 Kg.
~ Condition ~
The set is in superb condition for its age.
The lock works as intended.
The brass barrel has lost some of its blackening paint but its overall condition is excellent.
The handle of the screwdriver is cracked but still solid.
As previously said there are spots of surface rust on its blade but is nothing serious.
The powder horn has one unstitched area which can be easily fixed. Its mechanism works fine though.
~ Postage ~
Postage is £55 or it can be picked up from our shop in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.