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Lot 3336: Pair of Italian Snaphaunce Pistols

Auction Date: September 12, 2021

Scarce Pair of Engraved, Pierced, and Relief Carved Italian Snaphaunce Pistols

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,000 - $4,500

A) Italian Snaphaunce Pistol

Manufacturer: Unknown
Model: Snaphaunce
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 47
Barrel: 6 1/2 inch part octagon
Finish: bright
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 802
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 186
Class: Antique
Description:

This pair was likely manufactured in Northern Italy in the early 18th century. The snaphaunce locks remained in use longer in Northern Italy than elsewhere in Europe after flintlocks rose to be the dominant lock type. The pistols are not signed but have very ornate engraving and sculpting incorporating flowing floral designs and bestial mask elements as well as figures on the pommels, wrist escutcheons, and the pierced side plates. The stocks have relief carved molding.

Rating Definition:

Good with gray patina and mild pitting. The partially restored stock is fair and has distinct relief work, some cracks and insect damage, a spliced forend, and some smaller repairs. Mechanically needs work (doesn't hold when cocked).



B) Italian Snaphaunce Pistol

Manufacturer: Italian
Model: Flintlock
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 47
Barrel: 7 1/2 inch part octagon
Finish: bright
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 802
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 186
Class: Antique
Description:

See "A." Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Good with gray patina and mild pitting. The partially restored stock is fair and has distinct relief designs, cracks (including one from the flats through the trigger mortise) and some mainly small repairs. Mechanically needs work (will not hold when cocked).



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