Girolamo Francino (Italian, Brescia, recorded 1666–1709)
Steel, wood (walnut)
L. of each 22 1/2 in. (57.2 cm); L. of each barrel 15 13/16 in. (40.2 cm); Cal. of each .52 in. (13.2 mm); Wt. of each 1 lb. 15 oz. (879 g)
Rogers Fund, 1928
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375
The Francino gunsmiths of Brescia and Gardone were celebrated. The superiority of Brescian barrels was long recognized. Aside from embellishment, they were sought for the quality of their metal, which was light in weight yet strong. The delicately pierced steel ornament inlaid to be flush with the surface of the stock is a characteristic design feature of Brescian firearms of this period.
Signature: Signed on each barrel: GIROLAMO FRANCINO.
Marking: Marked on the underside of each barrel: GM and a star.
Artist: Pistols made and decorated by Giovan Antonio Gavacciolo (Italian, Brescia, active mid-17th century)Date: mid-17th centuryMedium: Steel, wood (walnut)Accession: 47.110.1, .2On view in:Gallery 375