RARE Antique SPENCER Blunderbuss w Spring BAYONET
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RARE Antique SPENCER Blunderbuss w Spring BAYONET

FLINTLOCK Circa 1690 James SPENCER of England!

Here we present an antique English Spencer Blunderbuss with a Spring-Loaded Bayonet, made circa 1690. The flintlock blunderbuss was the original coach gun, being a short, handy and devastating weapon at close range, some even having bayonets permanently affixed. 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. 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. Even bandits were known to use them as recorded in the Edinburgh Annual Register, 1813. Seven men, some armed with blunderbusses, entered the home of Mr. Browne of Armayle, Ireland, where his family and Surgeon Brailsford of the Royal Dragoons. For the fully transcribed story demonstrating the deadliness of the blunderbuss, go to the bottom of the listing. Just imagine where this has been!

Perhaps this specimen’s most noticeable and interesting feature is the permanently affixed, spring-loaded bayonet. If one blast of “small slugs” or shot did not stop or deter an adversary, the bayonet could be deployed by simply drawing back the sliding retainer just behind the breech. The bayonet comes flying out, ready for more personal interaction.

The lock is marked “Spencer” and the brass barrel “London”. James Spencer was a gunsmith who was known for making blunderbusses. He was only active from 1687 until he died in 1699.

This specimen is in very good plus condition. The brass barrel has a deep brown patina. The bayonet and other iron parts are also patinated a deep brown. The markings are clear and legible. The stock is very solid and dark with age. There is a sliver along the barrel that has been repaired and is stable. The bore is in very good condition. The spring on the bayonet is strong and fast. The firing mechanism is fine.

"While Mr. Browne of Armayle, Ireland, and his family, were sitting in the parlour at an early hour of the night, accompanied by their guest, Surgeon Brailsford, of the royal dragoons, the house was beset and entered by a banditti of armed villains, seven in number, of whom four took posts as sentries, and three burst in to the parlour. The leader of them instantly presented a blunderbuss, and demanded arms; on which Mr. Browne knocked him down. Dr. Brailsford attacked a second, when in the conflict one of the villains fired at him, and another at Mr. Browne. The latter was desperately wounded by a discharge of small slugs from a blunderbuss, having received several of them in the breast and body; the former was severely wounded by a pistol-shot in the arm, and had his face and head savagely cut and mangled. Dr. Brailsford’s servant, hearing the shots, got a pistol from some part of the house, and attempted to fire it in vain; the powder having been taken out, although the ball was left in the pistol. This gallant fidelity cost the poor fellow his life; the wretch at whom he aimed having instantly blown the contents of a blunderbuss through his body. The ruffians seemed satisfied at the perpetration of these shocking enormities, and left the house, without taking or searching for any arms. Mr. Browne’s recovery is doubtful; Dr. Brailsford is out of danger."

Own the original! This is a legitimate antique and not a reproduction.

Barrel is 14-1/2 inches in length.

Caliber: 1-1/8 at the bell of the muzzle

Bore is in very good condition and the action is fine.

Overall condition as seen in photos.

Here is your chance to own a very rare and desirable Spencer blunderbuss with a bayonet!

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