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A 30-Bore Central Italian Snaphaunce Belt Pistol
A 30-Bore Central Italian Snaphaunce Belt Pistol

THIRD QUARTER OF THE 18TH CENTURY

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A 30-Bore Central Italian Snaphaunce Belt Pistol
Third quarter of the 18th Century
With lightly engraved two-stage barrel and tang, flat lock signed on the inner side with maker's initials 'P.A', and engraved with flowers, foliage and monster-heads, the flat cock retained from the inside by a bolt, the head chiselled in relief with a putto-mask, moulded figured walnut full stock (fore-end an old replacement) carved in relief with foliage and female profile busts, engraved iron mounts including pierced side-plate and trigger-guard finial engraved with foliage, monster-heads, and female profile busts, pierced escutcheon en suite, spurred pommel with chiselled putto-mask cap, and horn-tipped ramrod with worm (belt hook removed)
16in. (41.9cm.)

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For similar firearms (mainly by the Zanotti family which originated in Firenzuola and settled in Lugano between Bologna and Ravenna) see Nolfo di Carpegna, 'Notes on Central Italian Firearms of the Eighteenth Century', Part II, J.A.A.S., vol. VIII, No. 1, pp. 14-15, pl. XXII.
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