A Fine Quality Flintlock Silver Mounted Holster Pistol by Barbar,
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14” overall, 10” 3 stage round 16 bore barrel London proof & maker’s mark to l/h side, top engraved ‘Barber’ Turned rings & plain round slightly swamped fore section, rounded lockplate & pan, plate with scrolling leaf engraving & ‘Barbar’, swan necked cock, walnut full stock with large moulded dopper ends behind lock plate & side plate, silver mounts comprising grotesque spurred mask butt cap, escutcheon with HN initials , scrolling foliage side plate, trigger guard with shell and acanthus finial, ramrod & tail pipes, original ramrod .
In good condition.
James Barbar, 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.