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    Sale 5426

    Antique Arms & Armour

    21 May 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 132

    A PAIR OF BRESCIAN SNAPHAUNCE PISTOLS FOR THE GERMAN MARKET

    EARLY 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF BRESCIAN SNAPHAUNCE PISTOLS FOR THE GERMAN MARKET
    EARLY 18TH CENTURY
    With tapering barrels formed with raised mouldings over the breeches and inscribed 'Lazarino Cominazzo' between small trefoil stamps (di Carpegna p.254, M11), the locks cut with scrolls and demon masks in low relief and each struck with maker's mark 'F.V' in an oval on the inside (one sear-spring worn), German moulded walnut full stocks with iron plaques inset about the barrel tangs and chiselled with monsters, scrolls and a demon mask in low relief, full iron mounts and large trigger-plates all decorated en suite, the triggers each chiselled in the form of a kneeling grotesque, blued screws and side-nails, and original ramrods with iron chiselled baluster tips (belt hooks removed).
    14½in (36.9cm) (2)


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    The form of the stocks and the blued finish on the screws and side-nails are all characteristic of firearms made for the German market in the Brescian taste. A significant quantity of firearms of this type were included in the gunroom of the Grand-Dukes Saxe-Weimar at Schloss Ettersburg.

    The mark inside the locks appears to be unrecorded.

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