Late-1700s Antique COLLIS of OXFORD London Proofed FLINTLOCK BLUNDERBUSS
200+ Year Old WAR of 1812 Close Range Weapon!
Here we present an antique John Collis Flintlock Blunderbuss, made 1782-1798 in London, England. This specimen is marked “COLLIS” and “OXFORD” on the lock. John Collis is known to have made flintlock pistols and blunderbusses during this period, possibly for officers in the British military. As mentioned, Collis became an active gunmaker beginning in 1782 and the Revolutionary War ended in 1783, so though unlikely, this could have used by Britain against the colonies seeking independence. But, even if it wasn’t used in the Revolutionary War, it is likely that this historical piece was used in the War of 1812 by the side that didn’t win!
The blunderbuss is a firearm with a short, large caliber barrel. They are flared at the muzzle, frequently throughout the entire bore, and used with shot and other projectiles. The blunderbuss is commonly considered to be an early predecessor of the modern day shotgun, with similar military and defensive use. It was effective only at short range, lacking accuracy at long range. A blunderbuss in handgun form was called a Dragon, and it is from this that the term “Dragoon” evolved. The flintlock blunderbuss was the original coach gun, being a short, handy and devastating weapon at close range. It was used in many capacities, not the least of which were for Naval boarding or defending vessels, stagecoach and messenger companies, home defense and more. The flintlock blunderbuss was the original coach gun, being a short, handy and devastating weapon at close range. It was capable of firing up to 20 buckshot in front of 120 grains of black powder, according to Spencer Tucker in Almanac of American Military History, Volume 1.
The overall condition is very good. Patina throughout. The action is excellent. The bore is smooth and dim. The diameter of the muzzle is about 1 ¼ inches. The stock is smooth and solid. London proofs. A great example of a British Blunderbuss!
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Barrel is 15-3/4 inches.
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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