A Superb Percussion Over & Under Pistol by Barnes & Co. London. 8 ½” overall. 4” 16 bore round barrels, sighted barrel block, decorated with a band of engraving at the muzzles, signed ‘F. Barnes & Co. London’ with Birmingham proofs. Profusely scroll engraved frame, hammers decorated en suite, fitted with a blued belt clip to the left, finely chequered walnut grip with vacant oval escutcheon, white metal butt plate with engraved steel butt trap containing two percussion caps. Fitted with a captive ramrod beneath.
An uncommon ‘Pocket Howdar’ sized pistol in untouched condition overall, retaining traces of original finish.
F. Barnes & Co. Sword Cutler, Wholesale Gun-maker, Percussion Cap & Accoutrement Maker, 109 Fenchurch St., 1825-47; 3 Union Row, Tower Hill & 109 Fenchurch St., 1847-50. Exhibited at the Great Exhibition 1851. Became Frederick & Co. 3 Union Row 1851-6; 109 Fenchurch St., 1851-1904; 67 Minories, 1851-5. Premises also in Birmingham, 1831-1903 and Sheffield, 1839-1904.