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Lot 228: A pair of percussion pistols for the Chinese market
February 16, 2013
Sarzana (SP), ItalyLive Auction
A pair of percussion pistols for the Chinese market
dating: mid-19th Century
Smooth, two-stage, octagonal and round, 17 mm cal. barrels, keeping 50% of the original blueing, with bell-mouthed nozzle, gold-inlaid stamps, one marked YGORBEA and crowned, the other depicting a rampant beast, all around three gilt floral decorations and a cross; both barrels marked with the silver-plated writings Construido / Año de 1840 and En Eibar Derraduras, both in Italics, among silver, floral decorations; the breeches decorated with a chiselled flower on a gold-inlaid ground, slightly chiselled tangs and broad sights; fine, forward spring locks, decorated with fire gilding, the plates entirely decorated with bas-relieved chiselling depicting effigy of lions among floral pattern; the hammers chiselled as Foo lions on dragons. Long, wooden stocks checkered at the butt; fire gilt, bronze mounts, at the mouthpieces a large ramrod holder chiselled with palmettes and floral motifs, the trigger guards chiselled at the front edge and decorated with a large palmette at the centre, the butt-plates with a long tang at the back, decorated with trophies and flags, bands and floral frames, provided with iron rings for the strap; the counter-plates chiselled with the effigy of a specular dragon. Ebony ramrods with rounded, ivory tip and black rings.
dimensions: length 33 cm.