Miquelet Flintlock Gun Made for Charles IV of Spain (reigned 1788–1808)
Antonio Guisasola (Spanish, Eibar, recorded 1796–1833)
Juan Navaro (Spanish, Eibar, active ca. 1800)
Steel, gold, silver, wood (walnut)
L. 48 1/2 in. (123.2 cm); L. of barrel 34 in. (86.4 cm); Cal. .68 in. (17.3 mm); Wt. 5 lb. 6 oz. (2438 g)
Rogers Fund, 1916
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375
The Spanish inscription on the barrel of this fowling piece translates, "Gift to His Majesty the King, Don Carlos 4, [in] the Year 1796." The gun probably was presented to Charles IV (reigned 1788–1808) by the two gunmakers from Eibar, an important center of arms production in the Basque provinces.
Inscription: Inlaid in gold on the barrel: REGALO A.S.M. EL REY Dⁿ CARLOS 4° ANO DE 1796 (Gift to His Majesty the King, Don Carlos 4, [in] the Year of 1796);
On the lock: JVAN NAVARO 37;
Chiseled on the counter-lockplate: JVAN NAVARO
Marking: Stamped on the barrel near the breech: the mark of Antonio Gisasola.