Object Title

Flintlock muzzle-loading blunderbuss - By James Barbar

Flintlock muzzle-loading blunderbuss - By James Barbar

Date

1755

Object Number

XII.1743

Provenance

Presented in 1958; from the collection of Major Ernest Ambler (d. 1958).

Physical Description

Short multi-stage brass cannon barrel, apparently with progressively tapered bore (rather than the common cylinder bore topped with a bell mouth). All brass furniture with subtle incised decoration, including blank escutcheon plate. Iron rammer. Lock features pivoting 'dog' style safety catch.

Techniques

Forged

Materials

Dimensions

BarrelLength12.48 in
BarrelLength317 mm
OverallLength27 in
OverallLength685 mm
WeightOverall2.35 kg
WeightOverall5.19 lb

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number None visible

Calibre

1.34 in

Inscriptions and Marks

Maker's mark
'CLEMMES'
Lockplate
Engraving
Maker's mark
CLEMMES-SHUGLANE-SUCR-TO-BARBAR.
Top barrel
Engraving
Maker's mark
LB (Lewis Barbar), being the barrel maker
Barrel top
Engraving
Proof marks
London private proofs
Barrel breech
Stamping

Associations

Notes

Rotunda class XI.15.