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17th century


"Pentagonal barrel with signature of Lazzarino Cominazzo, the most famous Italian gunsmith of his day, on upper facet. Lock with so-called ""miquelet"" action (variant of snaphaunce lock-Translator), of unusual interest. All the parts are highly developed, and chased and perforated like steel lace-work. Trigger-guard to match. The plating at the small of the butt, likewise of steel, is chased with foliated and floral scrolls. The stock is decorated with chased steel motives and plated (screw plate) and has three barrel-rings chased with mascarons. That nearest the muzzle, the most conspicuous of all, has a recessed loop to take in a grotesque figure topping the ramrod. Very sumptuous piece, assuredly one of the finest from the hand of L. Cominazzo. From the Dupasquier Collection. Provenance: Purchased by William Randolph Hearst from Arnold Seligmann, Rey & Co., April 24, 1924; sold to City Arts Museum of St. Louis, June 15, 1939 for $1300."


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Long Island University, Brookville, NY, Photograph, William Randolph Hearst Archive, S/B lot 625, Article 191, Album 1a, p. 31


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