Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1264: Spanish Miquelet Blunderbuss Belt Pistol

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

Very Ornate Silver Mounted and Inlaid Left Hand Lock Spanish Miquelet Blunderbuss Belt Pistol

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $4,500 - $7,000

Very Ornate Silver Mounted and Inlaid Left Hand Lock Spanish Miquelet Blunderbuss Belt Pistol

Manufacturer: Unknown
Model: Miquelet
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 28 bore/.54
Barrel: 9 1/2 inch octagon
Finish: bright/silver
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 548
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 218
Class: Antique

A very similar pair with right hand locks are featured on page 270 of "A History of Spanish Firearms" by Lavin from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Lavin lists them as from Ripoll in the early 18th century, and the MET lists them c. 1750-1775. The blunderbuss style barrel is octagonal with a tapered muzzle section opening up to about 1 1/2 inches. The muzzle and breech end have molding. The length of the barrel is inlaid with silver and brass inlays in floral and animal patterns, including what look to be two beavers towards the muzzle. The breech end has a "crown/PA/CHE/CO" maker's mark, arrows, and floral marks. The miquelet lock is mounted on the left side, and the right side has a belt hook with pierced design at the tip. The stock is decorated with extensive silver inlays with pierced and engraved floral and hunting designs, including various animals, hunters on either side of the wrist, a double headed eagle on the underside of the forend, and a dragon along the "comb." The trigger guard and buttplate are cast silver. The trigger is a detailed bestial mask with a curved tongue and inlaid eyes. The ramrod has a retaining spring catch, a silver tip, and an iron worm.

Rating Definition:

Very good with attractive natural aged patina on the silver and brass, moderate pitting on the iron, and mostly age and storage related wear overall. The stock is fine and has dark finish, some cracks and spots of filler, and mild wear. Mechanically fine.

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