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A NORTH ITALIAN 32-BORE WHEEL-LOCK HOLSTER PISTOL
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A NORTH ITALIAN 32-BORE WHEEL-LOCK HOLSTER PISTOL

MID-17TH CENTURY

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A NORTH ITALIAN 32-BORE WHEEL-LOCK HOLSTER PISTOL
MID-17TH CENTURY
With slender tapering three-stage barrel with octagonal then polygonal breech-section, flat lock with shaped tail, wheel-bracket and cock each chiselled with foliage, and sprung pan-cover, walnut three-quarter stock (fore-end cracked through and repaired) inset with ivory, bone, mother-of-pearl and horn pellets and plaques, and carved in relief with a mask at the ramrod-entry, iron mounts including fluted trigger-guard, butt-cap pierced with a grotesque mask, and ramrod-pipe pierced and engraved with flowering foliage, and later ivory-tipped ramrod
14 5/8in. (37.2cm.) barrel
Provenance
Sotheby's, London, 8 December 1988, Lot 316
Special Notice

Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.
VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price and at 20% on the buyer's premium.
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