A Continental 9mm pinfire double action revolver by repute the gift of King Umberto to Garibaldi. Signed F.LLI Rocco Inc. Milano.
With round barrel, 14.3cm, signed beneath, cut with a wave design overall and with gold inlaid line around the muzzle and breech, the former engraved with bands of foliage and with chiselled gold inlaid fore sight. Octagonal breech, chiselled in bass relief with designs of foliage, within slender gold lined borders, and highlighted with gold dots. Cylinder framed with hinged loading gate, hammer, folding trigger and butt all decorated en suite. Cartridge extracting rod acting against the spring and rounded ivory grips.
The pistol is fitted in a contemporary box lined in red baize, containing a white metal ammunition box engraved with scrolling foliage, the hinged lid engraved with a gothic U on a crowned shield with symmetrical foliage, all against engine turned and opening to reveal twelve vacant places for pinfire ammunition. Also in the box there is an oil bottle, grease jar, turnscrew and clearing rod. This set is offered with a typical annotated note reading: Pistol given to Don Pietro Quartano D. Calogerras by Garibaldi. Given by Pietro Quartano to his son Nico, who then gave it to his brother in law, Col. Sir Wm. Everett. The silver cartouche box certainly belongs to the gun, the pistol is said to have been given to Garibaldi by the King Umberto I.
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