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Pair of Flintlock Pistols

Giovan Battista Francino (Italian, Brescia, active second half of 17th century)
ca. 1686
Italian, Brescia
Steel, wood (walnut), wool
L. of each 19 1/16 in. (48.4 cm); L. of each barrel 12 9/16 in. (31.9 cm); Cal. of each .55 in. (13.9 mm); Wt. of each 1 lb. 13 oz. (822 g)
Credit Line:
Gift of Stephen V. Grancsay, 1942
Accession Number:
42.50.9, .10
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375
The pistols are inscribed in Latin Viena Liberata (Vienna liberated) and Buda Superata (Buda captured) in commemoration of the two major events, in 1683 and 1686, in the war between Austria and Turkey.
Signature: Signed on the barrels: GIO. BATT. FRANCINO.

Inscription: Inscribed in Latin on the barrel of 42.50.9: Viena Liberta (Vienna liberated); and on barrel of 42.50.10: Buda Superata (Buda conquered).

Marking: Marked on the barrel of 42.50.10: a crown and the monogram of the Liechtenstein collection.
Ex. coll.: Prince Johann von und zu Liechtenstein, Vaduz; Clarence H. Mackay, Roslyn, Long Island, New York.
Brno, Czech Republic. Mährisches Landesmuseum. "Austellung von Waffen, Kriegs- und Jagd-Geräthen," September 15–December 27, 1885, pl. XXI.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Loan Exhibition of Arms and Armor," February 6–April 16, 1911, no. 326.

Munich. Schloss Schleissheim. "Kurfürst Max Emanuel, Bayern und Europa," July 2–October 3, 1976, no. 516.

American Art Galleries. Anonymous Sale of European Arms and Armor. New York: American Art Galleries, November 19–20, 1926.

Stockel, Johann F., and Tøjhusmuseet. Haandskydevaabens Bedømmelse. Vol. II. Copenhagen: Nordlundes Bogtrykkeri, 1943.

Grancsay, Stephen V. "Enriched Historical Arms." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 7, no. 4 (December 1948). p. 22, fig 5.

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