Sold For: $2,786
Make: Twigg, London
Serial Number: None.
Year of Manufacture: Ca. 1700s, Antique
Caliber: The belled barrel tapers down to Approximately .69 Caliber
Action Type: Single Shot, Muzzle Loaded Flintlock Blunderbuss with Flip-Out Bayonet
Markings: The lockplate is marked “Twigg”. The top of the barrel is marked “London”. The base of the barrel has decorative engraving. The trigger guard, tang, and ramrod ferrules have decorative engraving. The left side of the barrel is marked with two proofs.
Barrel Length: 13 ½” Belled Barrel
Sights / Optics: There are no iron sights.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is a one-piece hardwood with a straight grip, straight comb, and brass buttplate. The sides of the friend have pins securing the ferrules, there is one missing from sides at the rear. There are scattered compressions, nicks, a few deep impact marks, some patches of finish loss, and discoloration from oil and age. There appear to be two small cracks at the tang. The LOP measures 13 1/2″ from the fronts of the triggers to the back of the buttplate. The plate has impact marks, scratches, and verdigris patina. Overall, the stock is in about Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Brass Barrel with Bright Lockplate and Hammer
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The smooth bore is dark with some light erosion.
Overall Condition: This blunderbuss retains about 60% of its metal finish. The bright components including the bayonet and lockwork have some patches of erosion, surface oxidation, finish loss, and some light scabbing. The brass barrel has patches of tarnish and draglines. The screw heads are lightly tool marked with strong slots. Overall, this blunderbuss is in about Very Good condition as Antique.
Mechanics: The action does not function correctly, the trigger is frozen. The hammer will cock. We have not fired this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: This is one sweet Blunderbuss from London from the late 1700s made by Twigg. These were used in close quarters by boarding parties and pirates, and we must say it is pretty menacing! It has a spring-loaded 11” triangular bayonet which folds backwards into a little slider which is easily slid back and the bayonet springs forward. While today this is a fun and interesting addition to a collection, back when it was designed this was one of the most feared weapons. Imagine the fear it put into the hearts of Royal sailers when their crewmates were having melon-sized holes shot in them and then being turned into kabobs with the bayonet? This is a fine example of British craftsmanship and with its distinct design and cool bayonet, it should make a welcome addition to just about any collection. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This flinltock rifle can be transferred/sold in California.