A Scarce and unusual Pair of Flintlock Pistols by Barbar, London, Circa 1770. With round sighted barrels, engraved ‘Barbar’ with London proofs and Barbars barrel smith mark, decorated with scrolling foliage at the breech, foliate engraved tangs. Signed border engraved locks, with incredibly unusual mainspring safety system, (by pulling the catch towards the cock it locks the pistols at half-cock). Full-stocked in walnut (some dings and cracks commensurate with age) Steel trigger guards engraved with foliage on the bows and acanthus leaf finials, turned steel ramrod pipes with later horn-tipped ramrods. The pistols have unusual pressed silver plate mounts, comprising a side-plate depicting stands of arms, escutcheons decorated with martial trophies and grotesque mask butt-caps. In sleepy condition overall.
James Son of Lewis apprentice to father, 1714; free of Gunmakers Co. and proof piece passed, 1722. Elected Assistant, 1737. Master, 1742. Appointed Gentleman Armourer to George II, 1741. Furbisher at Hampton Court, resigned, 1767. Gunmaker, Portugal St., 1726-67; Dover St., 1739-67. Died 1773.
Howard L. Blackmore (1986) Gunmakers Of London, 1350-1850. George Shumway Publisher. USA.
Bore: 15 Bore
Barrel Length: 8 Inches (20.32 cm)
Overall Length: 13 Inches (33.02 cm)