A Fine Pair Of Viennese 22-Bore Flintlock Holster Pistols

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Lot 293*
A Fine Pair Of Viennese 22-Bore Flintlock Holster Pistols
Circa 1720-30

Sold for £ 6,000 (US$ 8,151) inc. premium
A Fine Pair Of Viennese 22-Bore Flintlock Holster Pistols
Circa 1720-30
With long blued two-stage barrels (some loss of blueing) each slightly flared at the muzzle, turned at the girdle and with silver spider fore-sight, octagonal breeches each with two gold-lined maker's mark of Pio Cominazzo (Neue Støckel 201, 202), four star-shaped punch marks above, brass-lined touch-holes, plain tangs, flat bevelled locks each inscribed 'In Wienn' behind the cock and engraved with an armoured female figure resting against a trophy of arms, cocks chiselled and engraved with foliage, blued steels and faceted pans, moulded figured full stocks carved with foliated strapwork on the fore-ends and around the barrel tangs, full cast and chased gilt-bronze mounts comprising elaborate pierced foliate side-plates, escutcheons en suite and centred on a shield chased with a helmeted male profile bust, compressed spurred pommels each engraved with strapwork against a hatched ground and with a trophy of arms on each side, shaped foliate pommel-caps against a stippled ground, trigger-guards en suite, engraved and faceted ramrod-pipes, horn fore-end caps, horn-tipped ramrods, and in fine condition retaining nearly all their original gilding (2)
36.2 cm. barrels

Footnotes

  • These pistols are reminiscent of the work of the Viennese gunmaker Anton Penzeneter
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