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Flint-lock pistol with ramrod
  • Flint-lock pistol with ramrod
  • Lazarino Cominazzo (1631 - c. 1660)
  • Italy
  • c. 1660 - c. 1670
  • Steel, walnut wood, engraved and chiselled
  • Length: 48.5 cm, overall
    Length: 31.4 cm, barrel
    Width: 1.3 cm, calibre
    Weight: 0.855 kg
  • Inscription: 'LAZARINO COMINAZZO'
    Stamp: Three marks
    Stamp: 'A II'
  • A1224
  • European Armoury III
Commentary
Further Reading
  • Flint-lock pistol, one of a pair with A1223. Barrel of round section ornamented with three longitudinal ribs, of which that in the centre is continued to the muzzle. At the breech is inscribed: LAZARINO COMINAZZO. The two shorter ribs terminate in engraved leaf ornament. Similar engraving on the breech-strap. On the underside of the barrel are three marks.

    Lock chiselled in relief over its whole surface with foliage interspersed with birds and monkeys, at the rear end of the lock-plate is a grotesque mask. The cock is of ring-necked form and is secured to the tumbler inside the lock.
    Stock of walnut, slightly carved in places with acanthus ornament in low relief, and with longitudinal ribs along the fore-end. On the left side of the grip the wood is stamped A 11. Steel mounts chiselled en suite with the lock with elaborate interlacing foliage, monsters, monkeys and grotesque masks. A short, steel belt hook is secured by the rear lock-screw. The trigger has been broken away. Wooden ramrod, the steel tip chiselled in the form of a monkey holding a disk above its head, and small steel ferrule.

    Italian, about 1660-70.

    For a note of the Cominazzo family, see A1195.

    The belt-hook has either been shortened or completely replaced. The broken trigger was mended by Ian Ashdown in 1974. There is no external bridle on the lock.

    Gaibi, Armi da fuoco, 1962, p. 127, pI. 143A; and Armi da fuoco, 1978, figs. 367-8; Boccia, Rossi & Morin, Armi e armature Lombarde, 1980, pI. 337c, wrongly captioned as 337b; Blair, Pollard's History of Firearms, 1983, pI. 70. A. Gaibi (loc. cit., 1978) attributed the barrels to Lazarino II (1634-96), and the chiselling to Francesco Garatto (see also under A1195-6). He had previously attributed the chiselling to Picino Frusca, died 1704 (Armi antiche, 1960, p. 97).

    A pistol with comparable decoration is in the Museo Stibbert, Florence (Gaibi, op. cit., 1962, pls. 122A-B).

    A1224 only differs from its companion in that it possesses its trigger which is pierced at the back with a monkey eating foliage. It bears the same arsenal stamp A 11.

    The decoration of A1224 differs from that of A1223 in that the small monkeys with which it is decorated are without the vests worn by those on its pair. The quality of the chiselling varies considerably between the various parts.