This is a Lazaro Lazarino ITALIAN DOUBLE - BARRELED FLINTLOCK PISTOL, CIRCA 1650-1660: 14 inches overall, barrel length 8 inches, decorated with an arrangement of inlaid brass panels, punched and engraved with scrolls and each enclosing a single female relief cameo bust. Lazaro Lazarino (1610-1680) was a noted Italian gun maker, famous for his lavish engravings and cameo decorations and expertly gilded barrels which were all held in high regard across Europe, and possibly used on guns made by other makers. Lazarino is also the first name of several members of the famous Cominazzo family of gunmakers in Italy. In fact, it is believed that Lazaro Lazarino was actually the name used by Lazarine Cominazzo III to distinguish himself from his gun making relatives. The whole family was clustered around Turin and Brescia, which have remained the hub of the Italian gun making region. The Italian city of Brescia was a major center of gunmaking during the 17th century. Brescia was also renowned for the level and quality of its decorative ironwork, as evidenced by the ornate trigger guard and lockplate on this pistol.
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