A Flintlock Holster Pistol by Griffin. With sighted two-stage octagonal to round Spanish barrel slightly swamped at the muzzle, chiselled with acanthus at the girdle, the breech with makers mark of Carbonell of Barcelona, with other silver inlaid foliate designs, gold-lined touch hole, foliate engraved tang, signed border engraved lock and cock, full stocked in walnut with raised shell at the tang, steel mounts comprising long-eared butt cap with flower head butt cap, engraved trigger guard decorated with a flower head on the bow and acanthus finial, turned ramrod pipes and wooden ramrod.
Benjamin. Apprenticed to Samuel Harrison, 1719; gave up apprentice and worked as Foreign gunmaker allowed to prove guns by Gunmakers Co., 1724-31. Told to give up work by Gunmakers CO., but traded as gunmaker (Successor to Samuel Garrison), Bond St., 1735-70. Registered silversmiths mark, Goldsmiths Hall, 1743. With son, Joseph, took out Sun Ins. (No. 159594)on goods at Cross & Griffin, New Bond Street., 1757. Died 1770.
Joseph Son of Benjamin. Apprenticed to Samuel Blanckley, turned over to father, 1741; free of Gunmakers CO., 1750. Proof piece and mark 1759. Elected Assistant, 1759; Master, 1762, 1763. Appointed Gentlemen Armourer to His Majestys Stables-in-Ordinary, 1760. Gunmaker to His Majesty near the Duke of Graftons, Bond Street., 1763. In partnership with father until 1770, then with John Tow, 1772-82. Died in 1784. Succeeded by John Tow.
Howard L. Blackmore (1986) Gunmakers Of London, 1350-1850. George Shumway Publisher. USA.
It was com mon for English Gun Makers to build guns with high quality foreign barrels especially those made in Spain and the Ottoman Empire. The barrel maker; "CARBONELL”, Pero (Pedro) worked in Ripoll, Spain, circa. 1700-1730, and "B A” is for Barcelona, Spain.