Blunderbuss (1788-1816)

In the 1780s, it was common for mail coaches to be attacked en route as they crossed Britain. However, this all stopped in 1786 when a highwayman attempted to hold up the mails and was shot dead on the spot. It is possible that the highwayman was killed using a pistol similar to this Blunderbuss. The pistol, which has a wooden, polished stock and butt and decorative brass butt cap and mounts, would have been used by mail coach guards along with a brace of pistols to protect mail coaches from attack. No further attempts at robberies were ever reportedly made on mail coaches.

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