A pair of Spanish silver mounted flintlock holster pistols
A pair of Spanish silver mounted flintlock holster pistols by Carbonell of Barcelona c 1790. The two stage barrels with gold foil covered maker’s stamps crowned CAR.BON.ELL and BAR.CEL.ONA with fleurs-de-lys, together with some silver inlaid decoration and gold lined vents. The locks are chiselled and engraved with foliage against sunken gold foil covered ground, the pans are brass. The fullstocks are inlaid with silver wire, and the silver furniture comprises longspur buttcaps, solid sideplate, trigger guards, ramrod pipes and escutcheons one of which is engraved with an owner’s initial “C” interlaced and reversed beneath a Royal crown. Both trigger guard bows are stamped inside with the silversmith’s marks “P.SOR” and “BAR” beneath a Maltese cross. Wooden ramrods with bone tips. See E. Heer “Die Neue Stockel” Schwabish Hall 1978, Vol 1 p 188 and No 7217 for the maker and his mark.
Barrel length 11½” (29.2cms) Overall length 17¾” (45cms)