.68 caliber, 33.3" barrel. Portuguese guns are extremely rare and they have a slightly different form than Spanish guns. Another Portuguese Miquelet gun was formerly in the collection of Clay P. Bedford and illustrated in his book, Decorated Firearms. The long barrel of Spanish form extensively inlaid at breech with gold and silver inlay and gold poincon. Silver front sight surrounded by silver inlay including double-headed birds. Silver barrel bands, raised silver rear sight with acorn finial. Silver triggerguard with acorn finial. Initials FG. Silver buttcap with acorn finial. Lock is of excellent construction with sophisticated engraving and roller bearing main spring. Figured exotic walnut stock with fluted butt in the Portuguese manner. Ivory tipped ramrod.
Provenance:Richard B Trethuey collection of Maple Ridge, British Columbia. Eric Vaule. Bridgewater, Connecticut
Barrel is a combination of aged brown and cleaning where inlays occur. Lock is aged brown. Face of frizzen signed by maker Manuel Gomes. Silver mounts in good condition throughout. Figured stock in fine condition throughout with minor marks. Bore is good. A very rare gun for the advanced collector of European fowling pieces or high art guns in general.
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