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Lot 6540: Master Nikolay Goltiakov (1815 - 1910) - a significant, finely engraved Russian percussion pistol, Tula, circa 1880
02 November 2016
Munich, Bavaria, GermanyLive Auction
Description: Octagonal then round Damascus barrel in 15 mm calibre. The upper side of barrel with gold-inlaid signature "N. Goltiakov" in Cyrillic script, flower and tendril engravings and engraved inscription "Tula" and "2". Percussion lock finely engraved with tendrils. Walnut full stock with furniture engraved en suite. Length 45 cm. Stock and butt with small cracks and flaws in places. Nikolay Ivanovitch Goltiakov, one of the most renowned Russian gunsmiths, worked in Tula and was purveyor to the court of the Grand Dukes Nikolay Nikolaevich and Konstantin Nikolaevich from 1852 onwards. In 1872 and 1880, he bestowed two of his shotguns upon Tsar Alexander II. His works are exhibited in numerous museums including the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, the Historical Museum in Moscow and the Gatchina Arsenal. Cf. A. Miller, "Masterpieces of Russian Hunting Arms from The State Hermitage Museum St. Petersburg", Davantier, 1996, p. 111 - 115.
Condition Report: II
Notes: Russland Zarenreich