A Pair Of Brescian 30-Bore Flintlock Holster Pistols
Lot 356
A Pair Of Brescian 30-Bore Flintlock Holster Pistols
Sold for £7,500 (US$ 12,606) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A Pair Of Brescian 30-Bore Flintlock Holster Pistols
By Piccino Frusca, Circa 1690
With tapering three-stage barrels, perhaps shortened during the working life of the pistols, the breech sections octagonal then faceted and stamped 'Lazarino Cominazzo', rounded locks each with signature in script 'Pici Frusca B.a', and chiselled in relief with foliage on the tail, cock, cock retaining bolt, pan, steel, and steel-spring, the inner side of each plate stamped 'I', plain tangs, figured full stocks (minor repairs) carved in relief with scrolls behind the rear ramrod-pipes and inset with flat steel plaques finely pierced and engraved with interlaced foliated scrollwork carrying buds, berries and flower-heads inhabited by demon-masks (some wear), steel mounts finely pierced and chiselled in typical Brescian fashion with scrolls and foliage enclosing serpents, fruit, and expanded flowers, the spurred pommels and the bow of the trigger-guards each with beaded borders, turned ramrod-pipes chiselled in relief with foliage, pierced and engraved fore-end caps, and wooden ramrods each with chiselled baluster steel tip (2)
27.2 cm. barrels


  • The Picin, Picino or Piccino Frusca signature is found on flintlocks of the second half of the 17th century and the first half of the 18th century, and is probably that of two gunsmiths, the first of whom died in 1704. The second, who succeeded him, was probably his grandson, mentioned in documents of 1721 and 1725, referring to his official task as that of issuing the export licences for non-military firearms, and in proving the military weapons destined for the Venetian Government. See Nolfo di Carpegna, Brescian Firearms, 1997, pp. 176-177
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