Category Firearms & Military
Auction Currency USD
Start Price 750.00 USD
Estimated at 1,500.00 - 2,500.00 USD
UNSIGNED EUROPEAN PISTOL. Cal. 56. NSN. The 11 1/4" tapered round etched damascus barrel with top rib has breech section deeply relief engraved with scene of hunter and dog within flowing open scroll. Background is gold damascened. A newly fitted bolster replaces touch hole. Lock with round bodied arched plate is fitted with newer round bodied serpentine hammer engraved with scrolls. Remainder of plate has original relief engraved scene of running stag and hound in similar style to top of barrel. Fruitwood stock with knob grip extends to muzzle with brass cap and is pinned to barrel. Raised mouldings are around lock, fancy solid sideplate and ramrod channel. Raised carved scrolls and acanthus surround barrel tang and thimble. This work is very well done. Pistol is mounted with relief cast gilded brass and these mounts consist of grip cap with side spurs, trigger guard with foliate finial, scroll engraved crestplate, large sideplate and ramrod pipe and matching thimble which hold walnut ramrod with cast brass tip. Relief cast decoration of these fine mounts include a ladies head on grip cap with sporting scenes on sides, trigger guard bow is engraved with huntress and hound. Hound and dead game are on sideplate. Remainder shows scrolling acanthus with some shell highlights. CONDITION: good. Barrel and lock are gray brown patina, barrel with dramatic figure highlighted by light cleaning. Stock retains most of its original finish with hand wear at grip. Mounts retain most of their gilded finish. Bore is pitted. Lock is operable. A very attractive Rococo period pistol. (01-24385/MGM). ANTIQUE. $1,500-2,500.