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"Of extremely fine workmanship, made in 1820, by B. Ignesti, Naples, gun maker to the royal family. One has an octagonal barrel, another a cylindrical barrel, the third a double barrel, finely damascened and inlaid in gold with the maker's insignia, trophies and the motto ""Dum Ferat Delectat"". Two have flash pans and sights of solid gold; one of silver finely engraved. Carved walnut stocks, two with gold-inlaid and engraved steel parts, one with engraved mounts of solid silver. Contained in velvet-lined case of Italian walnut, complete with tools. A contemporary note in writing recording the date of presentation accompanies the guns. Provenance: Purchased by William Randolph Hearst from Mrs. L. Elmhirst Sale, through Anderson Galleries, October 22, 1927 for $275; sold to Gimbel Bros., Inc., April 30, 1941 for $199."


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Long Island University, Brookville, NY, Photograph, William Randolph Hearst Archive, S/B lot 522, Article 1, Album 1a, p. 33


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