A Rare South American Silver-Mounted Miquelet-Lock Blunderbuss-Pistol
Lot 340
A Rare South American Silver-Mounted Miquelet-Lock Blunderbuss-Pistol
Late 18th Century, Probably Mexican
Sold for £9,375 (US$ 14,702) inc. premium

Lot Details
A Rare South American Silver-Mounted Miquelet-Lock Blunderbuss-Pistol A Rare South American Silver-Mounted Miquelet-Lock Blunderbuss-Pistol A Rare South American Silver-Mounted Miquelet-Lock Blunderbuss-Pistol
A Rare South American Silver-Mounted Miquelet-Lock Blunderbuss-Pistol
Late 18th Century, Probably Mexican
With two-stage barrel turned at the flared muzzle and at the girdle, the forward section to the muzzle with encrusted silver foliage and a grotesque mask, the octagonal breech with encrusted silver foliage at each end, plain tang, characteristic lock partly overlaid with foliate engraved silver, full stock inlaid with silver panels secured by silver pins and pierced and engraved with foliage inhabited by animals, and studded with further silver pins, the fore-end en suite and inlaid with a silver panel pierced and engraved as a double-headed eagle, iron side-plate probably originally fitted with a belt hook, silver trigger-guard with scrolled tang, silver ovoidal butt-cap engraved with foliage, silver trigger formed as a bird, and original silver-tipped ramrod with iron spring-catch
20.2 cm. barrel

Footnotes

  • For related pistols see Fernando Durán, Madrid, Antique Firearms from the A. Fierro Collection, part II, 26 February 1998, lots 127 and 128; and Sotheby's Monaco, Armes Anciennes Collection Charles Draeger, 7 December 1987, lots 203-205
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