Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1348: Engraved and Pierced Brescian Flintlock Pistol

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Engraved and Pierced Brescian Flintlock Pistol with Lazari Cominaz Marked Barrel

Estimated Price: $5,500 - $7,500

Engraved and Pierced Brescian Flintlock Pistol with Lazari Cominaz Marked Barrel

Manufacturer: Unknown
Model: Flintlock Pistol
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 45
Barrel: 13 3/4 inch round
Finish: bright
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 271
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 157
Class: Antique
Description:

This early flintlock pistol (likely mid to late 17th century) is marked "LAZARI COMINAZ" on top of the ribbed breech section of the three-stage smoothbore barrel. The Cominazzo family was active in Gardonne Val Trompia in the province of Brescia in the 16th to 18th centuries and renowned for the quality and accuracy of the family's barrels. The lock has floral, scroll, and bestial engraving that coordinates with the elaborate pierced steel furniture that has made the Brescian pistols iconic and popular fixtures in both private and institutional collections of fine arms. The stock has some nice molding along the ramrod channel and raised carving at the ramrod entry point.

Rating Definition:

Good with mostly mottled gray patina and mild pitting overall. The revarnished stock is fair and has multiple spliced repairs, thin cracks, and a chip absent from the forend and displays attractive figure. The mainspring is rather weak, but the lock functions fine.



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