Signed by Francisco Pintan (active mid-18th century)
Colonial Spanish, probably Mexico
Steel, wood (family leguminosae), silver
L. of 2011.361: 10 7/8 in. (27.5 cm); L. of barrel of 2011.361: 6 in. (15.2 cm); L. of 2011.362: 10 5/8 in. (27.2 cm); L. of barrel of 2011.362: 6 in. (15.2 cm)
Purchase, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Gift, 2011
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375
Signed and dated colonial Spanish firearms are extremely rare. These pistols are in the Peninsular Spanish style, which was popular in Spain by the 1740s in reaction to the strong influence in court circles of English and French firearms. Based on the type of wood used for their stocks, the Pintan pistols appear to have been produced in the New World, probably Mexico, by a Spanish-trained gunsmith. The basic shape of the stocks is reminiscent of pistols from Ripoll, a major exporter of firearms to Spanish colonies in the New World.
Ex. coll.: Emilio Sobejano, Madrid; Dr. James D. Lavin, Virginia.