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Lot 3256: Brescian Snaphance Sporting Gun

Ornate Engraved, Relief Chiseled, and Carved Brescian Snaphance Sporting Gun

Auction Date: August 28, 2022

Lot 3256: Brescian Snaphance Sporting Gun

Ornate Engraved, Relief Chiseled, and Carved Brescian Snaphance Sporting Gun

Auction Date: August 28, 2022

Estimated Price: $6,000 - $9,000
Price Realized:

Ornate Engraved, Relief Chiseled, and Carved Brescian Snaphance Sporting Gun

Manufacturer: Italian
Model: Single Barrel
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 32
Barrel: 32 1/4 inch part round
Finish: bright
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 340
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 188
Class: Antique
Description:

Manufactured c. late 17th century in northern Italy. The barrel has a bead front sight, decorative ribs, girdled transition point, "LAZARO LAZARINO COMINAZZO" (noting the Cominazzo family renown for their barrels) on top at the breech, and a dished rear sight on the tang. The lock has classical martial trophies, a Roman style bust on the cock screw, another classical figure seated on arms on the plate, raised relief design including a bestial mask at the tail, and an automatically opening pan cover. The side plate, trigger guard, buttplate, and accent plates throughout have chiseled scroll patterns inhabited by wyverns and masks in the iconic style of the Brescian gunmakers. The trigger is a pierced scroll and wyvern design. The stock has a low cheek rest and is carved with a raised relief design of a stag's head. The ramrod has an chiseled iron tip that coordinates with the rest of the gun.

Rating Definition:

Fine with distinct engraving and markings, smooth gray patina, some light oxidation/pitting, and mild overall wear. The stock is also fine and has crisp carving, smooth oiled finish, a thin crack at the heel, some small flakes at the edges by the tail of the lock, and generally minor wear. The lock hangs up but is functional otherwise.



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