Re: 1790 Vitoria Blunderbuss
Sir the Vitoria company specialist in heraldry arms , shields pikes and flags and have been around since the late 1600's ( by appointment to a heap of nobility over the years ) they are also known for cannon!!!
the question is are they complete ?
non firing copies go back a awful long way in the UK , many of the arms you see on display in old Scottish castles and such are a couple centuries old replica's , they function, but are not the best quality
the lord of everingham killed himself when he tried to shoot a intruder with one in 1801
as for telling if its a non firer its a step by step process of elimination
touch hole is it functional or blocked ? ( a wire through it will tell you )
a bore inspection
is there signs of BP use ? firing? score marks up the bore as blunderbuss's where often loaded with stuff like nails and casting slag and these where not kind to the early steels
the pan and Frizzen , are there obvious signs of use? ( pan charges will corrode the pan over time and the frizzen will be marked from its actions )
if all this checks out you have a nice pair of matched Vitoria's that if in similar condition to the above may bring what they did $3200.
Last edited by jack404; 05-25-2012 at 10:02 PM..