A Fine and Early Brass-Barrelled English Lock (Type 2) Blunderbuss

Ref: 298

Price: £7,500

Maker: T Banister

Date: circa 1680

With 27 ¼ inch massive barrel stepped and with a ring behind the flared muzzle, the breech with a ramp at the rear notched to form a back-sight, plain iron tang, flat bevelled lock with pointed tail and retained by three side-nails, separate pan, and dog-catch engaging with the back of the bellied ring-neck cock, figured full stock (small chip behind the tail of the lock) with raised apron around the barrel tang and raised side-plate area, brass mounts comprising pierced foliate scroll side-plate, butt plate with slender tapering tang, iron trigger-guard  with rounded finial, scrolled trigger, single baluster brass ramrod-pipe, and brass-capped wooden ramrod, London proof marks and Banister’s barrelsmith’s mark.

Note: Thomas Banister was apprenticed to Robert Silke and turned over to Robert Brooke in 1668. Free of the Gunmaker’s Company in 1676 he presented his proof piece in 1678. He was Contractor to Ordnance between 1680 and 1707, and to the Hudson’s Bay Company between 1684 and 1701. Recorded as ‘Extremely ill and destitute of all necessarys’ he was given a pension by the Gunmaker’s Company in 1728.