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17th century


"Present specimen is one of the two known to the writer as equipped with wheel-lock. Altogether a beautiful specimen, richly ornamented in all parts with Sardinian spirals and foliation. Especially rich is the incrustation on the underside of the barrel and crosse-a grammar of Sardinian ornament. The side of the stock, on the other hand, is bare, showing walnut wood; only at the shoulder plates does the rich ornamentation reappear as flowers of many kinds charmingly treated. A piece of high quality. Provenance: Purchased by William Randolph Hearst from Arms and Armor Sale, at American Art Association, November 23-24, 1923 for $90; sold to Gimbel Bros., Inc., March 31, 1941 for $119."


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Long Island University, Brookville, NY, Photograph, William Randolph Hearst Archive, S/B lot 1033, Article 138, Album 1a, p. 32


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