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Miquelet Flintlock Gun Made for Charles IV of Spain (reigned 1788–1808)

Antonio Guisasola (Spanish, Eibar, recorded 1796–1833)
Lock maker:
Juan Navaro (Spanish, Eibar, active ca. 1800)
dated 1796
Spanish, Eibar
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)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1916
Accession Number:
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.
Ex. coll.: Healy.
Stockel, Johann F., and Tøjhusmuseet. Haandskydevaabens Bedømmelse. Vol. 1. Copenhagen: Nordlundes Bogtrykkeri, 1938. p. 119, nos. 440, 442–444, ill.

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