A Brass Barrelled Flintlock Blunderbuss by Gill & Knubley, With three-stage octagonal to round barrel, belled at the muzzle, engraved LONDON at the breech and stamped with London proofs, foliate engraved steel tang, border engraved lock signed GILL & KNUBLEY, cock decorated en suite, full-stocked in walnut, complete with brass mounts comprising engraved butt cap, side-plate and trigger guard. Of small size.
John Gunmaker, Otley, Yorkshire, 1771 (IR). Earlier working dates indicated by silver-mounted pistol hall-marked for 1766. Sword cutler & gun-maker, 11 Charing Cross (taken over from Thomas Gill and next to Cullums) 1785-92; 7 Charing Cross, 1792-94. House in Angel Court, Charing Cross, damaged by riots, May 1794; another at No. 87 St Martinâ€™s Lane, 1795. Gunmaker to Prince Edward. Contractor to Ordnance (cannon locks, trade muskets, pistols, broadswords), 1790-94. Died in 1795. Widow, Sarah, left business and estate in Otley, Yorkshire. Business taken over by Samuel Brunn and continued as Knubley & Co. or Knubley & Brunn, 1795-96. Brunn moved to 55 Charing Cross under his own name, 1797.
Thomas File and saw maker, Birmingham, from 1744. Made springs for Millers Flying Machine, c.1783. Became contractor to Ordnance for swords, firearms and ironmongery. Addresses in London: 11 Charing Cross, 1783-4. 22 Norfolk St., Strand, 1799-1800. Died 1801.
Howard L. Blackmore (1986) Gunmakers Of London, 1350-1850. George Shumway Publisher. USA.
Barrel Length: 12 Inches (30.48 cm)
Overall Length: 27.5 Inches (69.85 cm)