THOMAS GIBSON FLINTLOCK BLUNDERBUSS Brass Barreled LONDON Proofs Antique
French & Indian Wars, Revolutionary War Period
Here we present an antique Thomas Gibson Flintlock Blunderbuss, made circa 1750 in London, England. Thomas Gibson took over John Walker’s shop at the Cross Guns & Son on Lombard Street in London in 1748.
The term “Blunderbuss” comes for the Dutch meaning “thunder pipe”. The brass barreled blunderbuss started to be manufactured in the 1670s and proved quite popular both on board ship and as a weapon for especially defensive purposes, much like shotguns are used today. The brass was able to withstand the corrosive sea water on board ship, for instance. They excelled for the purpose of boarding a ship or repelling boarders, and could be used at the entrances or on the ramparts of forts.
This one is mid-sized, a good size with which to fight—not enormous and cumbersome and not small, as some tend to be. It has some modest engraving as well. The maker’s address is featured on the top of the barrel: “E LOMBARD STREET LONDON”. The diameter of the barrel at the bell is about 1 ½”.
The overall condition is very good. Nice patina. The breech of the barrel is marked with London proofs as well as Thomas Gibson’s initials. The lock is likewise marked “Gibson”. The thumb plate has the initials “JB”. The action is excellent. The bore is smooth and patinated. The walnut stock is nicely carved to accent the metal parts and remains solid. There is a small, immobile crack between the bottom of the lock and the trigger guard finial. This is a great piece of British history!
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Barrel is 20-1/8 inches.
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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