Item #36188

Scarce Brazilian Double Barrel Percussion Pistol

  • Price: $695.00
  • Maker: Brazil
  • Model: Pistol
  • Caliber: .40

  • Description: NSN, .40 Caliber, 6” fluted barrels with good, lightly pitted bores. This is a handsome little pistol that has 20-30% of original nickel plate remaining, and darkly freckled underlying metal where the nickel has flaked away. Extensive floral engraving is present on the back-action locks, and the maker marking is still quite crisp under the hammers: “EDUARDO MARTINS & CIA.” on the left; “RIO DE JANEIRO” on the right. The trade name is etched in Gothic letters along the top rib: “A Espingarda Mineira” (“The Mineira Shotgun”. “Mineira” is the feminine form describing someone, or something, from the state of Minas Gerais). The stock is very dark, almost ebony wood, and has beautiful, deep-relief foliate engraving at the top of the bag-shaped grip, and a knurled pattern with inset metal studs on the grip proper. The butt has a German silver compartment with lion head flip-open cover, and the ramrod is no longer present. The actions are crisp and still functional. Eduardo Martins & Cia operated in Rio de Janeiro from 1852 until 1858. This is a pretty, Brazilian-made pistol, and rates very good overall. Antique