Lot 3365: A pair of luxury flintlock pistols, Johann Christof Franck in Herzberg, circa 1750
October 27, 2016
Munich, Bavaria, GermanyLive Auction
Description: Round, in the middle slightly waisted barrels with smooth bores in 14.5 mm calibre. Silver front sights in the form of mascarons. At the breeches short barrel ribs with finely chiselled, gilt rocailles. The ribs engraved "Hertzberg". On the domed lock plates engraved signature "I.C. Franck". Chiselled cocks (one cock cracked), batteries with rain proof pans. Richly pierced, chiselled and gilt side plates. Walnut full stocks slightly chiselled with rocailles, one pistol with a fine, well restored crack at the stock near the thumb plate. Engraved, partially chiselled and gilt iron furniture, the pommel caps with elaborate blossom and shell ornaments. Original wooden ramrods with iron tip plates. Length of each pistol 44.5 cm. Johann Christof Franck (1715 - 1761), becomes apprentice in 1741 in the Herzberg Rifle Factory, master armourer at the factory from 1747 and one of eleven master gunsmiths who were authorised to manufacture luxury weapons. Cf.: "Der neue Stöckel", p. 394.
Condition Report: II +
Notes: Sammlung Hebestreit