Premier Firearms Auction
May 6, 7, 8 & 9, 2022
Our first premier auction of 2022! This event hosts collections from across the country and brings them under one roof for an amazing multi-day auction!
This is an incredible opportunity to add rare and desirable firearms & militaria to your collection.
SHIP’S BLUNDERBUSS OF HIS MAJESTY’S REVENUE CUTTER VIPER.
Cal. approx. 2″ at the bell.
Bbl. measures approx. 23 7/8″.
A fine example of a British maritime blunderbuss utilizing a heavy 24″ bbl. w/ 3 distinct proofs at the breech. Top of bbl. engraved, “HIS MAJESTY’S REVENUE CUTTER VIPER”. It is noted in period accounts that Captain Gunthorpe, who was the commander of the Excise Cutter Viper, succeeded in handing over to his Majesty’s Navy during the year ending October 1, 1810, no less than 13 smugglers that the ship had seized. Since this was the highest number recorded for that year he was awarded a prize of 500 pounds. The viper remained in the Revenue Cutter Service for many years. The lock appears to be a pattern 1793 version of a standard Brown Bess mechanism. Lockplate marked w/ a crowned “GR” in front of the cock & “TOWER” behind. Brass trigger guard, buttplate, sideplate, ramrod thimble & entry thimble. Iron ramrod & nosecap. Full wooden stock.