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The maker mark looks authentic as does the side panel. This gun is real, and would fetch about 3000 at auction, I'd say.
- Fact 1: The Blunderbuss was a popular gun type from the 1760's to the 1840's.
- Fact 2: Its name comes from donderbus, a Dutch word meaning "thunder gun."
- Fact 3: The Blunderbuss was a favorite of stagecoach drivers and pirates.
- Fact 4: The Blunderbuss' characteristic flared muzzle made it easier to load while on horseback or on a moving carriage.
- Fact 5: It was popular to fashion the end of a Blunderbuss barrel in the shape of a dragon's mouth, earning early Blunderbusses the nickname "dragons".