|1730 -1740 Philip BOND...maker, London..
One of the most vicious battles one can imagine were the battles at sea between the Great Ships of the Line. They would square off opposite one another and engage in a volley of cannons, primarily to disable the other ship, sometimes sinking the ship. The goal was to disable and BOARD the ship. Why? It was known as the PRIZE, the victorious crew and Captain, could sell the captured ship, and split the profits! To THAT end, we have the MUSKETOON. As the losing ship was unable to maneuver, the victorious ship threw grappling hooks attached to long ropes onto the ship, and pulled it along side, for the BOARDING. There the viciousness of battle was at it's peak. The ship would line up the sailors on the rail with their MUSKETOONS, and open fire. Since they we loaded with buck shot, or cut up carpenters nails, or broken glass, or broken chunks of metal, even pepper balls, when the fire was released it would take OUT 30 - 40 men in a hail of hell on earth. This allowed a victorious boarding and capture of the ship. THIS Musketoon made by renowned maker Philip Bond of London, is one such example, made in the 1730 -1740 period, it is well preserved and ALL original. It has a 16-1/2 inch "Trombone" barrel, and a very heavy stock, with Brass Butt Plate. The lock is well marked P. BOND. the mechanical action for the lock is PERFECT. In addition the military Proof marks are present and visible.
Considering this is 276 years old, or more, it is in splendid condition. the metal has a soft gray patina, and the wood has an excellent antique patina. The brass has that wonderful untouched mustard patina, and ALL parts are original to the Musketoon.
Imagine, this Musketoon is probably a Veteran, and eye witness, what have you, to all this history, when the Sun Never set on the British Empire. RARE and Wonderful, a exciting piece for any collection. PRICE $3,450
MAY 24, 2013
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