Object Title

Flintlock muzzle-loading military musket - By Lewis Barber

Flintlock muzzle-loading military musket - By Lewis Barber



Object Number



Old Tower Collection

Physical Description

Barrel with moulding at the breech above which are stamped the mark of the maker Lewis Barber and the proof marks of the London Gunmaker's Company
Lock with convex lockplate engraved BARBAR, RI crowned.
Brass mounted stock; a wooden ramrod was fitted, now missing as are the sling-loops. With bayonet in the 1909 Inventory


BarrelLength41.73 inhes
BarrelLength1060 mm
OverallLength1460 mm


Serial Number None visible


0.74 in


Places England


'Lewis Barbar'
Son of James Barbar who emigrated to France with Lord Byron after English Civil War. Born in Essendun, Poitou. After religious persicution, came to London c. 1688. 'In the King's service' 1690-7.
Premises in Soho searched by Gunmakers Co., 1698 Naturalised 1700. Free of Gunmakers Co., by redemption and proof ('a very fine peice') passed 1704. Elected Assistant 1710: Master 1718. Appointed Gentleman Armourer to George I, 1717; George II, 1727. Gunmaker Portugal St, 1726-39. Rupert St, 1739-41. Contractor to Ordnance, 1723-40. d. and admin granted 1741. Recorded in ''A Dictionary of London Gunmakers 1350-1850' by Howard L. Blackmore 1986.