A Fine and Extremely Rare Double Barrelled Blunderbuss

Ref: 604

Price: £???

Maker: J & W Richards

Date: circa 1808

With two stage 14 inch bronze barrels flared at the muzzles, engraved ‘London’ in script along the top flat of each octagonal breech, and fitted with a spring bayonet above released by a catch mounted on the tang, breeches engraved with a line of beadwork, broad tang border engraved and decorated with foliage, border engraved flat bevel edged locks  each signed in script, and with engraved safety catch and large roller, figured half-stock carved with a shell in relief behind the tang, chequered grip, border engraved bronze mounts comprising butt plate decorated with a brace of gamebirds on the heel tang, trigger guard with a hare on the bow, trigger plate with pineapple finial, and fore-end cap also forming the ramrod entry, Horn tipped ramrod with charge extraction worm. London proof marks.

Note: Joseph and William Richards are recorded at 16 Staining Lane between 1808-10. They had a factory in Birmingham where Joseph carried on business alone between 1815-30.