London, South Kensington
21 May 2008
A FLINTLOCK BLUNDERBUSS BY J. & W. RICHARDS
With brass barrel formed in two stages and with belled moulded muzzle, the breech engraved with bands of flowers and beadwork, signed bevelled lock (the upper half of the cock replaced), figured walnut full stock moulded about the barrel tang, brass mounts comprising butt-plate engraved with trophies, engraved skeleton side-plate, trigger-guard with acorn finial cast in relief, and two ramrod-pipes, escutcheon, and original ramrod, Birmingham proof marks.
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This example evidently pre-dates the period 1799-1817 during which Joseph and William Richards are recorded at 49 New St. Birmingham.
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