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Lot 1263: Pair of Engraved & Inlaid Spanish Double Barrel Miquelet Pistols

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

Pair of Engraved and Inlaid Spanish Double Barrel Miquelet Pistols From The Clay Bedford Collection

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $9,000 - $14,000

A) Spanish Miquelet Pistol

Manufacturer: Spanish
Model: Miquelet
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 67
Barrel: 8 inch solid rib
Finish: blue/bright/gold/silver
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 305
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 218
Class: Antique
Description:

The smoothbore barrels have "FABRICADO EN EIBAR" and "AGUSTIN D YTURRIOZ" in brass inlay along with brass and silver inlaid accents, and deeply fluted ribs with the flute extending onto the standing breeches. There are sunken "E/CHE/BAR/RIA" maker's marks on the locks and trigger guards. The furniture has floral and scroll engraving with areas with gilded backgrounds. The stocks have bird's head grips with checkering, and raised floral carving around the trigger guards and ramrod pipes. The furniture also appears to have been finished in silver. Includes a "C.P. BEDFORD/803" marked collection tag indicating the pair was in the Clay P. Bedford collection. The maker's marks are likely for Francisco Lorenzo Echebarria (Echeverria) of Eibar in the first half of the 19th century. There were multiple members of the Echebarria/Echeverria family and Yturrioz family active in armsmaking in Eibar from the 1830s to the 20th century, including Jose Cruz Echeverria whose son started Star Bonifacio Echeverria, S.A. Yturrioz y Echeveria/Fabrica de Yturrioz Echeverria are also recorded in the 1860s and 1870s.

Rating Definition:

Very fine with attractively aged patina on the brass and silver, most of the gold remaining aside from the left lock mark, traces of silver in the protected areas, and mild overall wear. The ramrod is broken and pinned. The stock is fine and has a coat of protective varnish, distinct checkering and minor marks and scratches. Mechanically fine.



B) Spanish Miquelet Pistol

Manufacturer: Spanish
Model: Miquelet
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 67
Barrel: 8 inch solid rib
Finish: blue/bright/gold
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 305
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 218
Class: Antique
Description:

See "A." Provenance: The Clay P. Bedford Collection; Property of a Gentleman

Rating Definition:

Very fine with attractively aged patina on the brass and silver, most of the gold remaining aside from the right lock mark, traces of original silver in the recesses, dented left muzzle, broken left jaw screw, and mild overall wear. The stock is fine with a coat of protective varnish and has distinct checkering, a chip at the tail of the right lock, cracks under the nose of both locks, and general minor marks and scratches. The foot of the cock or full-cock sear of the left lock could use a little adjustment; otherwise mechanically fine.



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