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Lot 1349: Pair of Flintlock Belt Pistols Signed Lazarino Cominazo

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Attractive Pair of Engraved and Chiseled Northern Italian Flintlock Belt Pistols Signed Lazarino Cominazo

Estimated Price: $5,500 - $8,000

A) Italian Flintlock Belt Pistol

Manufacturer: Lazarino
Model: Flintlock Pistol
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 44
Barrel: 14 7/8 inch part round
Finish: bright
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 323
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 157
Class: Antique
Description:

The Lazarino Cominazzo family in Gardon Val Trompia were among the best and most respected Brescian gunmakers of the 17th century and were known throughout Europe. They were in fact so well-respected that other gunmakers counterfeited their markings. The three-lobed punches found at the beginning, middle, and end of the signature on the barrels of these pistols are noted as characteristic of the genuine Lazarino Cominazzo firearms. Their pistols are well-represented in museum collections both in Europe and the U.S. and are particularly known for their intricate metalwork. These pistols have smoothbore, three-stage barrels with girdled transition points, ribbed breech sections, and the "LAZARINO COMINAZO" signed at the breech. The locks have an engraved country gentleman at the center and raised relief chiseled scroll patterns inhabited by bestial masks along with pierced elements creating very attractive three-dimensional artwork. The frizzens have grotesque masks. The furniture is likewise decorated with relief chiseled scroll patterns inhabited by bestial masks in coordination with the locks and includes pierced designs on the triggers, trigger guard finials, behind the barrel tangs, and particularly the side plates. The pistols are also fitted with belt hooks. on the left. The stocks have some nice figure and have relief and raised relief carved designs at the midsections and beautiful shaping overall.

Rating Definition:

Very good as restored with mostly gray patina and distinct designs, some areas of light brown patina, some spots of reddish discoloration, faint pitting, and generally light age and storage related wear overall. The replaced stock cast mounts are all fine with some light scratches and dings, absent front pin, a repaired crack in the wrist, and spots of minor discoloration. Mechanically fine.



B) Italian Flintlock Belt Pistol

Manufacturer: Lazarino
Model: Flintlock Pistol
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 44
Barrel: 14 7/8 inch part round
Finish: bright
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 323
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 157
Class: Antique
Description:

See "A."

Rating Definition:

Very good as restored with mostly gray patina throughout, light fading of the central lock engraving and barrel signature but otherwise distinct designs, some areas of light brown patina, faint pitting, and generally light age and storage related wear overall. The replaced stock and cast mounts are fine with a repaired crack at the nose of the lock, a few other faint cracks or repairs, small flakes at the edges, minor scratches and dings, an absent front pin, and spots of darker discoloration. Mechanically fine.



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