A Rare Pair Of South American Silver-Mounted Miquelet-Lock Blunderbuss Belt Pistols

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Lot 349
A Rare Pair Of South American Silver-Mounted Miquelet-Lock Blunderbuss Belt Pistols
Late 18th Century, Probably Mexican

Sold for £ 18,750 (US$ 25,789) inc. premium
A Rare Pair Of South American Silver-Mounted Miquelet-Lock Blunderbuss Belt Pistols
Late 18th Century, Probably Mexican
With two-stage barrels each with a roped silver band around the turned and belled muzzle, the forward sections polygonal and inlaid with brass fronds along three of the top flats, octagonal breeches each signed 'Ramon Arcivar' in brass along the top flat and with brass and silver foliage on the flats either side, a broad brass band at the rear, foliate engraved tangs, characteristic locks each with fluted mount beneath the pan enclosing the steel-spring, full stocks inlaid with silver panels secured by silver pins and pierced and engraved with foliage inhabited by monsters, birds and a pair of hounds, the last forward of the trigger-guards, and studded with further silver pins, the fore-ends en suite and each inlaid with a silver panel pierced and engraved as a double-headed eagle, foliate engraved silver side-plates each pierced for an iron belt hook with heart-shaped piercing at the terminal, silver trigger-guards with fluted bows and slender tangs, ovoidal butt-caps each embossed and chased with rocailles and foliage inhabited by a pair of hounds, border engraved silver fore-end bands, and original ramrods with tips en suite (2)
17.3 cm. barrels

Footnotes

  • Cf. a similar pistol sold in these Rooms, Antique Arms & Armour, 30 April 2014, lot 340 (£9,375 including premium)

    For related pairs of pistols see Sotheby's Monaco, Armes Anciennes Collection Charles Draeger, 7 December 1987, lots 203-205
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A Rare Pair Of South American Silver-Mounted Miquelet-Lock Blunderbuss Belt Pistols
A Rare Pair Of South American Silver-Mounted Miquelet-Lock Blunderbuss Belt Pistols
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