A Fine Pair Of Flintlock Box-Lock Blunderbuss-Pistols
Lot 421
A Fine Pair Of Flintlock Box-Lock Blunderbuss-Pistols
Sold for £6,875 (US$ 11,555) inc. premium
Lot Details
A Fine Pair Of Flintlock Box-Lock Blunderbuss-Pistols
By Knubley, London, Late 18th Century
With two-stage brass barrels and actions in one piece, the former with long octagonal breeches engraved with lines along the angles, turned and belled at the muzzles, with side-mounted ramrods, and each fitted with a spring bayonet beneath released by the steel trigger-guard, border engraved actions each signed in script within an oval against a martial trophy on both sides, engraved thumbpiece safety-catches also locking the steels, ring-neck cocks, sliding trigger-guards each acting against a spring and engraved with a flower-head on the bow, figured flat-sided butts, and original horn-tipped ramrods with iron worms, London proof marks and a fleur-de-lys mark, perhaps that of the maker (2)
18 cm. barrels


  • John Knubley is recorded as a gunmaker in Otley, Yorkshire in 1771. He was at 11 Charing Cross in London between 1786 and 1793 and was Gunmaker to the Prince of Wales, Duke of Clarence and Prince Edward. Between 1793 and 1794 he was a 7 Charing Cross and following his death in 1794 the business was carried on by Samuel Brunn under the Knubley name until 1797
  1. David Williams
    Specialist - Arms and Armor
    Montpelier Street
    London, SW7 1HH
    United Kingdom
    Work +44 20 7393 3807
    FaxFax: +44 20 7393 3932