17 December 2008,
London, South Kensington
Price realised GBP 1,500
GBP 500 - GBP 700
A CONTINENTAL FLINTLOCK BLUNDERBUSS
LATE 18TH CENTURY
Probably French, with heavy iron barrel widening towards an elliptical muzzle, built on an earlier English military Long Land Pattern musket lock of rounded type, signed 'Galton' and engraved 'GR' crowned, walnut full stock (the fore-end and the area above the lock each repaired), plain iron mounts of French regulation type, and original iron ramrod
35 5/8in (90.5cm)
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Samuel Galton is listed in the records of The Board of Ordnance Small Arms Components and Production Contractors, for September 1756-August 1759. See De Witt Bailey, British Board of Ordnance Small Arms Contractors 1689-1840.
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