21 May 2008,
London, South Kensington
Price Realised GBP 6,000
Estimate GBP 3,000 - GBP 3,500
A CENTRAL ITALIAN LONG SNAPHAUNCE BELT PISTOL
With two-stage barrel with raised mouldings at the breech and muzzle and stamped 'Lazari Cominaz' within a frame of small trefoil stamps (di Carpegna p.246 F and G for similar), plain bevelled lock struck with maker's mark inside, in a circle the partitioned letters A over G (?) L (the internal pan-cover mechanism worn), walnut full stock, the fore-end inset with small pierced flat iron plaques including a pair of rosette bands impaled by the barrel pins, octagonal 'fishtail' butt bound by a moulded iron band enclosing a larger pierced rosette, iron trigger-guard pierced and engraved with scrollwork, a plain iron band inset below the muzzle, belt hook, and original ramrod with iron baluster tip.
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See Nolfo di Carpegna, Brescian Firearms, Rome 1997. On the present pistol the trefoil stamps point inwards. The mark inside the lock appears to be unrecorded.
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