Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1283: 17th Century Brescian Style Flintlock Pistol

Auction Date: May 15, 2021

17th Century Brescian Style Engraved, Pierced, and Relief Carved Flintlock Belt Pistol

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $4,500 - $6,500

17th Century Brescian Style Engraved, Pierced, and Relief Carved Flintlock Belt Pistol

Manufacturer: Italian
Model: Flintlock
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 54
Barrel: 8 1/4 inch part octagon
Finish: bright
Stock: hardwood
Item Views: 967
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 209
Class: Antique

This pistol has no visible identifying markings but is very similar to other 17th century Brescian/Northern Italian pistols and may have even been converted from wheellock to flintlock later in the century by fitting a new lock. Many pistols of this overall style are wheellocks that have been dated to pre-1650. The intricately pierced iron ramrod pipes and trigger guard are characteristic of the Brescian makers. The two-stage barrel and flat lock with beveled edges are engraved with detailed floral scroll patterns. The central pattern on the lock disgorges from a fish design. The lock internals are very simple compared to later locks. The "fish tail" stock has deep fluting and fine molding along the forend terminating in raised relief floral carving in the midsection, incised lines on the "belly" of the stock below the lock, raised floral carving around the trigger, additional relief carved floral patterns by the upper tang and heel, and fluting along the top of the wrist. A somewhat serpentine style belt hook is fitted on the left via the rear lock screw. Includes an iron tipped ramrod.

Rating Definition:

Very good with light silver-gray patina, crisp engraving, minor oxidation/pitting, and light overall wear. The stock is also very good and has distinct carving, some faint cracks and discrete repairs, and mild dings and scratches. Mechanically fine.

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