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Ezekiel Baker (1758–1836) was a master gunsmith from Whitechapel, London, who became known for his design of the Baker rifle in 1800.
Baker was apprenticed to the famous gunsmith Henry Nock and opened a gun shop of his own at 24 Whitechapel Road, London in 1775. He later wrote a book on his experiences when making and using rifles.
This 3 bore blunderbuss or coaching gun was designed to inflict maximum damage at close range shooting multiple shot or a single large ball.
It was designed to be used in all weathers and consequently was manufactured in brass.
Despite popular opinion, the bell shaped or swamped barrel was not designed to spread shot, it left the barrel at the diameter of the bore, the design was to allow easier loading of projectiles rocking about on a stage coach or at sea in a moving boat.
This gun is mechanically sound and the makers name is just discernible on the lock plate.
An interesting antique that would look good on any wall.