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Lot 1580: An extremely rare pair of flintlock pistols with carved stocks
November 17, 2013
Sarzana (SP), ItalyLive Auction
Description: Smooth, three-stage, 13 mm cal. barrels, octagonal at the first part followed by two round segments divided by rings, featuring remains of blueing; bronze-plated vent; elegant flintlocks with round plates signed "POMPONI" and engraved with floral motifs, chiselled and engraved hammers; ivory full stocks, the pommels sculpted in the shape of Turk's heads with moustache and mask on the heads (small cracks), engraved and gilt bronze mounts, pierced counter-plates. Ivory ramrods with gilt brass tips.Similar pistols with ivory stocks were very popular among the European courts and the important figures of the second half of the 17th Century. H. L. Visser, one of the biggest collectors of antique arms, had a huge series of this fascinating type of pistols. Cfr. "The Visser Collection - Arms of the Netherlands in the Collection of H. L. Visser" di J. P. Puype, Vol. I, part 2; the author dedicated an entire chapter to arms with ivory stock, especially numbers 419-440 on pages 470-541 with texts, provenances and many illustrations in b/w. Some pistols are provided with locks manufactured by Italian gunsmiths, others with gilt bronze mounts (420, 427, 426, 428, 432, 433, 434).
Dimensions: length 48.5 cm.
Date: last quarter of the 17th Century