Beautiful Silver Mounted Italian Migulet Pistols (AH6510)
60 cal, 8'' barrels with slightly swamped muzzles and some pitting in the bores. The barrels of these finely made pistols have mostly toned to a mild plum-brown patina showing some scattered small spots of old minor oxidation, one pistol with a bit more use showing some light pitting near the breech. The touch holes are equipped with gold liners, the breeches with gold inlaid touch marks and ''ROMA''; it is somewhat difficult to discern the design of the maker's touch mark. The Roman-style locks are a mix of silvery pewter and dark gray patina showing some minor oxidation staining and are exquisitely constructed and embellished with nice foliate chiseled cocks and spring extensions. There are finely detailed grotesques at the rears, smaller faces also adorning both the cock and frizzen bridles, the fronts of the frizzens themselves also with a nice carved grotesque. The bottom surfaces of the cocks where the sears catch are fashioned into small horses. The remaining hardware is of silver all taking on a wonderful dark tarnish overall and featuring single ramrod thimbles, tailpipes with foliate extensions, trigger guard with foliate finials, wonderful dual-strapped butt caps, decorative inlays atop the wrists and lovely detailed side plates. Very fine detailed profile portraits are found across the hardware, four along the peripheries of the butt caps which are then surmounted with a leering grotesque masque. The decorative side plates feature detailed serpents at the rears spewing forth the balance of the plates from their mouths with yet more grotesques along the leading edges of the lock screws. The pistol with a bit more wear has lost its serpent's tail and the foliate tailpipe extension is starting to separate but these are relatively minor apologies. The walnut stocks remain in about very fine condition showing some scattered light dings and a few thin drying cracks here and there, one pistol with a tiny chip along the left tip, crack at the lock screw and the butt cap exhibiting a little bit of play. A pair of matching albeit rather simple ramrods are present and the locks will catch properly on half cock but do not hold on full. An exquisite pair of pistols made to the highest standard, obviously for a gentleman of some means, that would make for a wonderful addition to any advanced antique arms collection!