A Brass Framed Silver Mounted Flintlock Box-Lock Pistol by Bunney, Circa 1785. With round, turn-off three stage barrel, struck with London proofs. Border engraved box-lock action signed ‘BUNNEY’ within a scroll surrounded by foliage on the left side and ‘LONDON’ on the right, sliding trigger safety. Swelling walnut butt inlaid with scrolling silver wire (the pistol retains 95% of its silver wire). Silver hall-marked foliate butt cap. Silver Hallmarks for 1785-6.
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: 22 Bore
Barrel Length: 5.25 Inches (13.35 cm)
Overall Length: 12.5 Inches (31.75 cm)