A Flintlock Queen Anne Pistol by Barbar of London, Circa 1720. With round turn-off cannon barrel, octagonal breech becoming polygonal and engraved with a band of foliage front of a moulded ramp at the rear, foliate engraved tang retained by a screw behind a small foliate finial, border engraved action signed beneath the steel spring, moulded swelling figured rounded butt carved with foliage behind the barrel tang, plain trigger guard with pointed finial, and silver grotesque mask, London proofs and Barbar’s barrel smiths mark.
Louis Barbar (died 1741) a French Protestant, born in Essendun, Poitou, came to London c.1688 to avoid persecution and was naturalised in 1700. In 1704 he was made free of the Gunmakers’ Company, and his proof piece (‘a very fine piece’) was passed. He was appointed Gentleman Armourer to King George I in 1717, and to George II in 1727.
Howard L. Blackmore (1986) Gunmakers Of London, 1350-1850. George Shumway Publisher. USA.