A Pair of Silver Inlaid Brass Cannon Barrel Pistols by Bunney of London. With round turn-off cannon barrels, struck with Tower of London private proofs below, border engraved box-lock actions, signed BUNNEY on a foliate scroll to the left and LONDON on a foliate scroll to the right, swelling walnut butts inlaid with scrolling silver wire (retaining 95% of original wire) and with silver hallmarked grotesque masks, steel trigger guards decorated with flower heads on the bows.
Joseph Gun & Pistol Maker, Birmingham, 1765-1814. Registered silver mark at Birmingham Assay Office, 1773. Marked guns London
Howard L. Blackmore (1986) Gunmakers Of London, 1350-1850. George Shumway Publisher. USA.
Bunney, Joseph (3 generations: father, son, grandson) [1730-1815]
Made brass cannon barrel boxlock flintlock pocket and coach pistols, and flintlock holster pistols with Royal Cypher; also cased flintlock duelling pistols with all accessories. Shops in London and Birmingham.
A. Merwyn Carey (1954) English, Irish and Scottish Firearms Makers, Acro Publishing Company, New York.
Bore: 25 Bore
Barrel Length: 5.25 Inches (13.33 cm)
Overall Length: 12 Inches (30.48 cm)