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    C. 1760 European Flintlock Holster Pistol, probably French, Displaying the Ultimate in Quality and Craftsmanship, Truly a Work of Art with all Decoration Executed in Classic Rococo Style. 18" overall, 11¼" .60 caliber smoothbore barrel. All metal about mint, the barrel displaying a textured Damascus finish overall. Elaborate inlaid silver front sight, raised rib on the center section of the barrel. The 3 ¾" breech section is covered with deeply chiseled scroll work and a classical draped warrior with plumed helmet, shield, spear and buildings in the background, all on a gilt panel with touches of gold inlaid highlights. Tang and back of breech also chiseled with fans and scrolls. The convex scalloped edge lock is deeply chiseled with elaborate stands of arms and military trophies, all on a gilt background. Frizzen, hammer and top jaw also chiseled with scroll decoration on a gilt background. The gun appears to be unfired with platinum lined pan and touch hole. Even the trigger and tail of the frizzen spring are elaborately scalloped and curled. All brass furniture retains 100% of the original gold wash. Deeply cast with scroll work, classical motifs, arms and military trophies. The butt cap is highlighted by two nude classical figures holding hands and a draped classical figure playing a lute. The pierced side plate features a classical warrior in a chariot with two horses, the trigger guard a seated, draped helmeted classical figure, and the wrist escutcheon a seated, crowned, semi nude classical figure. The figured European walnut stock retains most of the original varnish, now crazed and dark, with extensive relief carving around the tang extending nearly to the wrist escutcheon, around the rear ramrod pipe, the trigger guard extension and lock and side plate areas. Wood near perfect, just slightly shrunken at the edge of the butt cap with a few small chips. Horn nose cap, original wooden ramrod with horn tip. A truly gorgeous gun.

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    November, 2008
    20th-21st Thursday-Friday
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