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Pair of Flintlock Pistols

Gunsmith:
Girolamo Francino (Italian, Brescia, recorded 1666–1709)
Date:
ca. 1650–60
Geography:
Brescia
Culture:
Italian, Brescia
Medium:
Steel, wood (walnut)
Dimensions:
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)
Classification:
Firearms-Pistols-Flintlock
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1928
Accession Number:
28.196.17, .18
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.
Ex. coll.: Theodore Offerman, New York.
Los Angeles. Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "Loan Exhibition of Medieval and Renaissance Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," January 15–March 18, 1953.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "Medieval and Renaissance Arms and Armor, loan exhibtion from MMA," January 15–March 18, 1953, no. 131.

San Francisco. Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. "Medieval and Renaissance Arms and Armor, loan exhibtion from MMA," April 18, 1953–June 7, 1953, no. 131.

Pittsburgh. Department of Fine Arts, Carnegie Institute. "Loan Exhibition of Medieval and Renaissance Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," October, 1953–April, 1954.

Pittsburgh. Department of Fine Arts, Carnegie Institute. "Medieval and Renaissance Arms and Armor, loan exhibtion from MMA," October, 1953–April, 1954, no. 131.

Seattle. Seattle Art Museum. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," March 11–June 6, 1982, no. 104.

Denver. Denver Art Museum. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," July 18–October 10, 1982, no. 104.

San Antonio. The Witte Memorial Museum. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," November 13, 1982–February 5, 1983, no. 104.

Minneapolis. Minneapolis Institute of Arts. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," May 24–July 31, 1983, no. 104.

San Francisco. de Young Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," November 5, 1983–January 28, 1984, no. 104.

Detroit. Detroit Institute of Arts. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," March 10, 1984–June 2, 1984, no. 104.

Nickel, Helmut. Ullstein-Waffenbuch: Eine Kulturhistorische Waffenkunde. Mit Markenverzeichnis. Berlin: Ullstein, 1974. p. 258, ill.



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