A Good Flintlock Blunderbuss by Wilkins of Grantham. With belled three-stage octagonal to round barrel, fitted with sprung bayonet underneath, engraved steel tang, stepped bevelled lock, signed Wilkins below the pan, half-stocked in walnut and cut with a band of chequering at the wrist, engraved brass mounts comprising butt plate engraved with birds and foliage, trigger guard decorated with foliage on the bow, extended trigger guard with acanthus leaf finial and bayonet release catch, ramrod fitted to the side of the barrel.
John Wilkins was apprentised to William Newton, who was the nephew and successor to Edward Newton*. John Wilkins went into partnership with William and upon William's death, in 1790, he took over the business.
For further information see Arms & Armour Society Journal Vol. XVI No.5 September, 2000.
* Robert Wogdon and John Twigg were apprentisted to Edward Newton.