Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3078: Ornate Mediterranean Style Miquelet Pistol

Auction Date: December 5, 2014

Estimated Price: $1,800 - $2,750

Ornate Mediterranean Style Miquelet Pistol

Manufacturer: Unknown
Model: Miquelet Pistol
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 57
Barrel: 13 inch part octagon
Finish: bright
Stock: walnut
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Catalog Page: 41
Class: Antique

This ornate pistol has a miquelet style lock has no visible makers marks or proofmarks and likely originates from the Mediterranean region, possibly Spain or Italy. The term "miquelet" has been applied to these pistols by collectors and arms historians to distinguish these pistols from other snap lock type pistols that preceded the true flintlocks. The lock mechanism on this pistol has features of both the Spanish patilla miquelet and the Roman/Italian miquelet, but the sear locations indicate Spanish influence if not manufacture. The unmarked barrel tapers from round to octagon. While the lock mechanism is less ornate than many examples, the pistol has heavily ornamented furniture with twisted floral motifs on the inset at the breech, trigger guard and trigger plate, a matching side plate with a dragon or serpent head amongst the floral vines, and a coordinating relief engraved buttcap with a textured background. The full length stock also has some carved accents. It includes a ramrod with horn tip.

Rating Definition:

Fair. The metal surfaces are heavily pitted and have varying degrees of brown and gray patinas and some brighter areas. The stock has several repairs but is otherwise in good condition. The action is fine.

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