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    Profusely Decorated Antique Albanian "Rat Tail" Miquelet Pistol.

    Approximately .62 caliber, 13 1/2-inch octagonal to round barrel with great decoration near breech. Full silver stocked with heavily embellished ornamental motifs, some scroll and punch work throughout with heavier, at times, accents. Typical crude miquelet lock. Appears to have a maker's mark on lockplate. No steel cleaning rod present. Overall length: 20-inches. According to Consignor, This gun was purchased by his dad from Spenger's Fresh Fish Grotto in Berkeley, Calif. Spenger's at one point had an outstanding gun collection which adorned the walls of the restaurant for many years. This particular gun still has the brass tag that was used to identify guns from Spenger's Fresh Fish Grotto.
    Note: These types of pistols [or pattern] were used in many wars in the Balkans, including the Greek uprisings.
    Provenance: Late Estate of Hiroshi Harada of Piedmont.

    Condition: Very good for its configuration and elements. Barrel lightly cleaned, showing a grey patina. Overall age and wear with scattered marks. Moderate tarnish to protected areas. Some cleaning to stock to bring out features. Marred screws. Action good. Bore dark, as expected.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2020
    7th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 8
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