Zeke Baker fixed the sprue problem with his improved ball mould, featured in his book, E Baker Remarks on Rifle Guns.
In a wild moment of impetuosity I bought a copy. I love that history connection you get from old stuff :ghostly:
Looks good to me. In the UK that piece would fetch around £2000.
All the makers tended to make the same flintlock blunderbuss, so either there was a pattern book or they bought in a kit of parts. The spring bayonet and the sliding safety were probably optional extras.
But can I resist a musketoon with a 46" steel barrel? I shall wait and watch the price, see if it starts to come down. It has been on his books for some time and I have not bought a blunderbuss this year, (if I have, do not remind me).
There is one for sale claiming to be from his hoard. I am tempted :doh:
**TIPU SULTAN COLLECTION CONNECTIONS**MASSIVE, Late 1700’s English Enfield Tower A* Bore Musketoon With Blunderbuss Type Cannon Barrel Captured By The Sultan’s Army For Use In War Against The British East India Company...
I'd have bought it from those pics and I collect blunderbusses. I was starting to get worried because I got duped on a repro Baker bayonet and a Westley Richards goose gun with a phony lock. Good to know I still have an eye for a 'bus, probably 🙄
I was reading Howard Blackmores wonderful book when I saw this relic for sale and was immediately reminded of the Early Brown Besses in his Plate 11. I was young and foolish in those days so I bought the durned thing. It probably is c1720, shame it about the front end and the missing barrel o_O...
I have done my best to remove myself from the gene pool, I like a good loud bang and I will shoot anything. I have held 1640's iron against my face and pulled the trigger, I have lit a 200 year old cannon with a blow torch. Perhaps the secret of my survival is that all my nitro is in cartridge...