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Lot 375: Pair of Chiseled and Pierced Early Italian Flintlock Pistols

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Attractive Pair of Chiseled and Pierced Early Italian Flintlock Pistols

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Estimated Price: $18,000 - $27,500

A) Italian Flintlock Pistol

Manufacturer: Italian
Model: Flintlock
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 54
Barrel: 12 1/2 inch round
Finish: bright
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 391
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 230
Class: Antique
Description:

These beautiful Italian flintlock pistols feature the incredible metalwork the Brescian region is well-known for. The barrels have a complex chevron design on the fore-sections, chiseled floral designs and girdles at the transition points, ribbed breech sections signed "+LAZARINO+COMINAZZO+", and ribbed borders at the breech ends. The locks are signed "Franco: Garatto.Ba." The markings are for Lazarino Cominazzo III and Francesco/Francisco Garatto, each active in the mid to late 17th century. Similar pistols with Lazarino Cominazzo markings are featured in many prominent institutional collections and have been dated to around the 1680s, and this pair certainly exceeds many of them in their overall quality. The locks feature raised relief and intaglio designs, including a wyvern type beast on the tails, serpents on the cocks, scroll patterns, and floral accents. The triggers have pierced serpent designs, and the trigger guards and pommel caps also have coordinating designs with the locks. The stocks have attractive fluting and molding along the forends and are decorated with panels of pierced and engraved metalwork with floral, scroll, and bestial designs. The ramrods have sculpted monkey designs with pierced elements giving them extra detail. Monkeys are interesting details occasionally scene on Brescian pistols but generally only rarely scene on European firearms.

Rating Definition:

Very good with an attractive "gunmetal" gray patina on the iron throughout, generally distinct designs and markings, some very minor spotting and isolated pitting, and mild overall wear. The stock is good with repairs in the forend, partially worn carving on the forend, cracks on the right below the nose of the lock and lower wrist, and general mild age and storage related wear overall such as occasional dings and scratches. Mechanically fine.



B) Italian Flintlock Pistol

Manufacturer: Italian
Model: Flintlock
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 54
Barrel: 12 1/2 inch round
Finish: bright
Grip:
Stock: absent
Item Views: 391
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 230
Class: Antique
Description:

See "A."

Rating Definition:

Very good with mostly an attractive "gunmetal" gray patina on the metal throughout, generally distinct designs overall, crisp markings, some spots of oxidation and mild pitting, and generally mild overall wear. The stock is fair and has a few cracks, chips, and repairs including a break through the forend at the upper ramrod pipe and mild age and storage wear overall. Mechanically fine. This is a very attractive pair of Brescian flintlock pistols with the markings of one of the region's best known makers.



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