Irish blunderbusses are rare in any condition. This one is very presentable and marked with the town of Monaghan on the top of the breach of the barrel. Monaghan is known for the Battle of Clontibret which was fought in Northern Monaghan in May 1595 between the forces of Hugh O'Neill and the English Crown. These blunderbusses were often carried on horse-drawn coaches for protection against highwaymen. This type of gun was preferred because it was easier to reload because of its large muzzel as the coach bounced along the rough and uneven roadways. They were also used from horseback for the same reason the bore being almost 1-3/4 inches in diameter at its mouth. This blunderbuss is 27-1/2 inches overall length with a 12-1/2 inch, part round, part octagon, steel barrel. It is fitted with a spring-loaded bayonet which is slightly bent. It was originally fitted with a swivel ramrod which is missing. The lockplate is signed by the maker, "ELTON". The main spring is either missing or very weak. The stock has been cleaned. These Irish blunderbusses don't come along that often. I bought it in England in the '60s. SEND EMAIL ADDRESS FOR ADDITIONAL PHOTOS.