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Outstanding Italian Flintlock Fusil by Botti & Cominazo

.52 caliber. 34.5" pinned barrel. SN: NSN. Bright barrel, fire blued screws, gilt brass furniture, figured full-length Italian walnut stock. Two-stage octagonal to round barrel with baluster turned rings at the transition with a deeply fluted and reeded breech, which is engraved on the top flat "LAZARINO COMINAZO". Folding leaf rear sight, integral blade front sight. 5.125" rounded flint look with pronounced teat at rear is engraved "Gio Botti" under the rounded, fenced and unbridled pan. Rounded reinforced cock is relief engraved with a sea serpent motif with the tail of the serpent forming the reinforce of the cock. Tail of lock, lower outside edge of pan and face of frizzen engraved en-suite. Comb of cock engraved with feather motifs and outer edges of the lower and top jaws are lightly engraved en-suite as well. Frizzen toe and spring engraved and decorated in complimentary styles. Gilt brass furniture is decorated with deeply chased sea serpent and flowing foliate motifs, with the apron around the breech plug tang, the triggerguard, the trigger plate and the buttplate all showing the same thematic designs. Both ramrod pipes are similarly decorated. Stock with raised cheek rest on reverse with a simple, elegant carved Rococo scroll boarder and a neatly executed carved Rococo apron around the leading edge of the comb with simple fluting along the upper and lower edges of the obverse butt. Forend with simple and elegant raised carved decorations at the ramrod entry and with clean fluted boarder lines along the upper edge of the ramrod channel. Accompanying wood ramrod with chased gilt brass tip decorated with a floral motif.

Giovanni Botti whose name is engraved on the lock as Gio Botti worked in Brescia circa 1685-1720. The name on the barrel, Lazarino Cominazo, could be one of several Brescia gunmakers of that name working during the same period. Overall this is a really outstanding Italian flintlock fowler with deep relief decorated gilt brass furniture, an artistically engraved lock and wonderfully figured wood. A pair of similarly marked, highly embellished pair of flintlock pistols are in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Condition:

Fine. Barrel lightly cleaned to bright with some freckled surface oxidation and discoloration. All markings and engraving remain clear and crisp. Lock remains in original flint and is mechanically excellent. Bore remains in fine condition, mostly bright with some scattered oxidation. Brass furniture still traces of gilt finish and extremely crisp. Wood very nice with a neatly repaired crack at the obverse wrist, running from the tail of the lock mortise to the leading edge of the comb. Otherwise showing some lightly scattered light handling marks and minor dings.

Starting Price: $7,500
Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000
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