Pair of Silver Mounted Neapolitan Miquelet-Lock Pistols, circa 1770
Barrels of Spanish form, ribbed and silver inlaid at the breeches, turned and surmounted with a silver overlaid crown, then round to the slightly swamped muzzles. Figured walnut stocks with horn fore-end caps. Silver mounts of unusually high quality, comprising long eared butts, decorated with reclining putti blowing horns, the caps with a cast and chased mask with protruding tongue. Open strap work surrounding the barrel tangs, open side-plates, trigger guards engraved with scrollwork and female portrait busts within an oval frame, baluster turned ramrod pipes, original trumpet shaped iron rods. Unique figure of a boy blowing a musical instrument in the place where one would normally see an escutcheon plate. Locks lightly scroll engraved in keeping with the decoration on the mounts. A most pleasing pair of pistols.
O.A. 24.4 cm. 9 5/8”
Bls. 14 cm. 5 1/2” 25 Bore