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    Ex. Lavin Collection

    An Early Silver Mounted Spanish Miquelet Belt Pistol, Circa 1775.

    Approximately 60 caliber, 5 3/4-inch barrel. Makers mark in gold depicting a Lion [breech] including various silver inlays to barrel near makers mark. Two-stage round to octagonal barrel with contoured cannon style muzzle. Decorated with silver mounts and pierced grip inlay, also fitted with wavily pattern belt hook [possibly replaced]. Silver embroidered protector adorns rear of hammer to protect one from action, a rare feature, but contemporary and added later. Fitted with a wooden ramrod and horn tip. Overall length is approximately 10-inches. This exact gun is pictured and described in A History of Spanish Firearms by James D. Lavin, page 272 in which the author states "A Ripoll export pistol, All mounts and inlay are of silver despite the ordinary quality of the gun. A meaningless gold countermark is stamped into the breech. Circa 1775. Author's collection. (Steinmetz.)."
    Provenance: Lavin Collection.

    Condition: Very good to fine as configured. Showing great detail throughout. Overall pistol appears to have been touched up/cleaned bright to bring out features, a Museum quality work. Some pitting present to metal parts, including barrel. Ramrod tip and embroidered protector appear to be later replacements, as they do not show pictured in Lavin's book. Some mars, bruising to stock, minor losses. Replaced screws to belt hook. Action functions. Smoothbore clear, a bit dark


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    June, 2020
    7th Sunday
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