A Very Rare Brescian 30-Bore All-Steel Flintlock Holster Pistol
Lot 283
A Very Rare Brescian 30-Bore All-Steel Flintlock Holster Pistol
Sold for £7,500 (US$ 12,606) inc. premium
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A Very Rare Brescian 30-Bore All-Steel Flintlock Holster Pistol A Very Rare Brescian 30-Bore All-Steel Flintlock Holster Pistol A Very Rare Brescian 30-Bore All-Steel Flintlock Holster Pistol
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A Very Rare Brescian 30-Bore All-Steel Flintlock Holster Pistol
By Stefano Scioloi, Circa 1680
With tapering three-stage barrel, the breech stamped with maker's signature 'Gironimo Mutto' flanked by engraved flowers and foliage, and of octagonal changing to faceted section, engraved rectangular tang inscribed with the number '40' and with raised border, rounded lock signed 'Stafano Sioli F.' and with fluted border, the pan, steel, cock, cock retaining screw, and tail all finely chiselled in relief with acanthus foliage, full stock finely engraved with running designs of interlaced flowers and foliage and with raised chiselled foliated scrolls behind the rear ramrod-pipe, applied panels opposite the lock, at the barrel tang and the trigger-guard, each finely chiselled in relief in the Brescian manner, chiselled trigger-guard (tang partly replaced) with pierced finial, chiselled pommel (pitting removed), its cap formed as a profile bust of a Roman Emperor, pierced trigger, baluster ramrod-pipes, and steel ramrod with baluster tip (some wear and surface rust, minor losses)
32 cm. barrel

Footnotes

  • Stefano Sciolo (also spelt Scioli and Cioli), is recorded between 1633 and 1685 and appears to have specialised in all-metal firearms, although his is not the only signature recorded on Brescian all-steel pistols

    A similar pair of pistols, also with barrels by Geronimo Mutto, is in the Wallace Collection (inv. nos. A1227 and A1228)

    For a list of firearms by Scioli, see Wallace Collection Catalogues, European Arms and Armour, 1962, pp. 583-584; Supplement, 1986, pp. 250-251. See also Nolfo di Carpegna, Brescian Firearms, Rome, 1967, pp. 202-203

    Geronimo Mutto (or Mutti) was one of the Mutti family of forge-owners at Gardone, near Brescia, working between the middle of the seventeenth century and the beginning of the nineteenth century. See Nolfo di Carpegna, op. cit., pp. 202-203
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