A Pair Of Central Italian 32-Bore Snaphaunce Belt Pistols

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Lot 348
A Pair Of Central Italian 32-Bore Snaphaunce Belt Pistols
Late 17th Century

£ 3,500 - 4,500
US$ 4,800 - 6,200
A Pair Of Central Italian 32-Bore Snaphaunce Belt Pistols
Late 17th Century
With tapering three-stage barrels, octagonal breeches changing to polygonal and each stamped 'Lazari Cominaz' (Neue Støckel 7256), plain tangs each with back-sight, flat locks each stamped with initials 'SB' on the inner side and engraved with foliage on the shaped tail and beneath the pan, the decoration beneath the pan involving a monster-head, the cock and the arm to the steel each chiselled in relief with a monster and foliage, the former also pierced and engraved with foliage terminating in monster's heads, the head of the bolt chiselled as a mustachioed mask, the buffer beneath the foliate engraved pan en suite and secured by two screws, sprung pan-cover chiselled with a mustachioed mask and foliage, 18th century moulded figured full stocks (one broken through and repaired at the lock, one butt with minor repair) each carved with foliage behind the barrel tang, in front of the trigger-guard finial and behind the rear ramrod-pipe, iron mounts comprising side-plates pierced and chiselled with foliage involving a monster-head, foliate engraved spurred pommels and trigger-guards, the former each with mask cap, the latter each with trefoil-shaped finial, turned baluster ramrod-pipes, dark horn fore-end caps, and iron-capped ramrods, one probably original (some wear in places, belt hooks removed) (2)
31.5 cm. barrels
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