late 17th century
"Of the most exquisite craftsmanship. These great objects of art may be favorably compared with any pieces of their type known to exist. The locks and all-steel mountings are chiselled with the greatest possible freedom and depict human figures, masks, birds, monsters and foliage in great profusion, the hammers and triggers being especially worthy of notice. The mounts are set in walnut stocks which are slightly carved; the barrels are fluted at the breech and of circular section beyond. Both are signed Lazarino Cominazo. From the Sigmaringen Museum. Provenance: Purchased by William Randolph Hearst from Mr. R. Bartel Sale through Sotheby, & Co., London, July 29, 1930 for $4720.26; sold to City Museum of St. Louis, June 15, 1939 for $4720.26."
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Long Island University, Brookville, NY, http://liu.edu Photograph, William Randolph Hearst Archive, S/B lot 550, Articles 22 & 23, Album 1b, p. 61