Irish, Short-Brass Barreled Blunderbuss
John Gray (Grey), Dublin
Octagonal-to-round pinned barrel marked DUBLIN on the flat…flaring to 1 3/8 (ID) muzzle diameter; proof marks: “crown over CP” and “Crown over V”. Original flintlock configuration; lockplate is stepped tail, two screw type and is signed J. GRAY. All brass furniture including flat sideplate, (pattern 1769 or 1777 shape); pipes and trigger guard having a long tang and acorn finial, also, brass buttplate…of special note is the armorial engraved thumb plate, crown over naked arm embowed, hand holding arrow. The action is tight and smooth. Walnut stock is boldly grained, likely original surface, NO cracks or losses. See Stockel, page 455.
Overall length: 30.25”; barrel length: 14.5".