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A PAIR OF 28-BORE FLINTLOCK HOLSTER PISTOLS
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A PAIR OF 28-BORE FLINTLOCK HOLSTER PISTOLS

BY THOMAS BANISTER, LONDON, CIRCA 1690

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A PAIR OF 28-BORE FLINTLOCK HOLSTER PISTOLS
By Thomas Banister, London, circa 1690
With three-stage barrels, the breech sections octagonal then fluted polygonal and retaining faint traces of engraving, engraved tangs, signed rounded locks engraved with strawberry foliage terminating in a grotesque and a monster-head, later moulded walnut full stocks, iron trigger-guards and spurred pommels engraved en suite with the locks, the pommels each with silver grotesque mask cap, (later?) cast and chased pierced serpentine silver side-plates involving monster-heads and a mask, silver escutcheons each surmounted by a grotesque mask, and silver baluster ramrod-pipes (some wear and surface pitting, one escutcheon replaced, ramrods missing), London proof marks
19in. (48.2cm.) (2)
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Lot Essay

Thomas 1 Banister was apprenticed to Robert Silke and turned over to Robert Brooke in 1668. Free of the Gunmakers' Company in 1676, he was Contractor to Ordnance, 1680-1707, and to the Hudson's Bay Co., 1684-1701
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