An Early Brass-Barrelled English Lock (Type 2) Blunderbuss
Lot 393*
An Early Brass-Barrelled English Lock (Type 2) Blunderbuss
Sold for £3,125 (US$ 5,252) inc. premium
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An Early Brass-Barrelled English Lock (Type 2) Blunderbuss
Late 17th Century
With massive barrel with a ring behind the flared muzzle, breech struck with the barrelsmith's mark of Robert Silke 1 or Robert Stedman and with a ramp at the rear notched to form a back-sight, plain iron tang, flat lock with bevelled pointed tail and retained by three side-nails, separate pan retained by a screw on the outside, horizontally acting sear, and replacement dog-catch engaging with the back of the bellied ring-neck cock, figured full stock (some old splits and bruising) with raised border around the rear of the lock and rear retaining screw, apron around the barrel tang, mounts comprising thin iron butt-plate secured by iron tacks, later foliate brass escutcheon engraved with an owner's crest, iron trigger-guard with pointed finials, single baluster brass ramrod-pipe, and later brass-tipped ramrod (iron parts pitted), London proof marks
69.1 cm. barrel


  • The maker is probably Robert 1 Silke or his son, also called Robert. The father was elected Master of the Gunmakers' Company in 1689, 1696 and 1700. He was Contractor to Ordnance, to the Hudson's Bay Company and the Royal Africa Company. In 1689 he was appointed Chief Gunmaker, Tower of London and he died in 1701. His son predeceased him in 1696
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