15 July 1999
A Rare 12-Bore Italian Matchlock Barrel
In three stages, the muzzle issuing from a monster-head in high relief, the remaining surfaces cut with a basketwork pattern in low relief (some wear), now mounted on a later gun with associated tube-lock of Console type with incomplete cock, moulded walnut three-quarter stock (damaged and partly replaced), iron mounts including later side-plate, and associated ramrod (broken)
The barrel 24in. (62.2cm.)
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Two similar barrels were sold at Christie's South Kensington, 12 December 1997, lot 66.
See A. Gaibi, Le Armi da Fuoco Portatili Italiane, 1968, pl. 5(a,c).
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