RARE, IDENTIFIED 19TH CENTURY FLINTLOCK MUZZLELOADING ‘PUNT GUN’

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This unusual, very long muzzleloading musket, referred to as a waterfowl “punt gun” is identified to its owner with a handcarved inscription on the right side of the butt stock that reads “James Batten / His Gun / 1842”. The entire carving is hand done with double walled / decorated letters and numerals. This punt gun is in very good, original condition overall. With an appearance like that of an oversized, smoothbore musket, this London maker-marked flintlock muzzleloader from the early part of the 19th century was used in the sport of coastal waterfowl hunting, often called “port gunning”. Waterfowl hunting with this weapon required the ‘punt gunner’ to stalk the flock of birds from on the water while lying prone on a small watercraft using the natural ebb and flow of the tides as he approached his quarry. The object was to bag a large number of birds with only a single shot, vs. the ‘shore gunner’ who bags a number of birds with a number of shots.

This punt gun, in its original flintlock configuration, measures a little under six feet long overall and weighs 16 pounds. All gunmetal surfaces have moderate rusting that includes the lock, locking tooth, cock, jaw, pan, frizzen, and frizzen spring. Triggerguard is brass and the stock has no metal butt plate. The barrel on this single-shot muzzleloader is rounded for its entire length of 55½.” Barrel features two British viewer’s marks on the left side barrel breech area and a very large bore, over 80 caliber that may be equivalent to a 5 or 6 gauge shotgun bore. The three barrel bands are of heavy sheet brass and are nailed to the forend. The flat lockplate is a rusted / dark plum-colored and bears a single, very good maker-stamping that reads “LONDON” to the right of the flat-sided hammer. Bore is dirty with moderate areas of mild rust pitting.

The burly maple wood stock, which measures 70” long is most pleasing and wears a rich, dark mellow patina overall. Right side of the stock near the comb is missing a small portion of the original knot that appears to have shrunk / cracked and fell out long ago. Large lock screws, as the rest of the screws are all rusted and buggered up. Rest of wood has numerous dings, dents, edge silvers missing and a few surface cracks. Musket is also missing it original wood ramrod. Stock shows no padding at the butt end or at the cheek piece. A most unusual, original flintlock ‘punt gun’ that is both identified and “London’-marked. A very fine, unique collectible in very good condition.

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