A Fine 28 bore Brass-Barrelled Holster Pistol
With swamped sighted 12 inch barrel in three stages separated by mouldings and engraved with strawberry foliage at the breech, iron tang secured by two screws and engraved en suite, convex banana shaped brass lock-plate engraved with foliage, rounded cock decorated with strawberry foliage, moulded finely figured maple full stock (repaired) with raised apron at the barrel tang, brass mounts engraved with strawberry foliage, pierced serpentine side-plate, spurred pommel with grotesque mask cap, escutcheon with grotesque mask above, baluster ramrod-pipes and brass-capped ramrod, London proof marks and maker’s mark for John (1) Tarles
Literature: John. N. George, English Pistols and revolvers, p. 36, plate V (1)
Note: John Tarles was apprenticed to Matthew Van Briggen who died in 1665. He was free of the Gunmaker’s Company in 1670 and elected Assistant in 1686. His son, also John, was apprenticed to his father in 1685 but went on to be a watch and clock maker.