Double-barrelled Shotgun - inv. 2304

Carlo Maria Colombo (1791-1865)

Double-barrelled Shotgun
mid-19th century
steel   wood  
1205 mm, 812 mm, diametro 16,8 mm, 3227 g
"Colombo in Milano"
1879 bequest Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli
Inv. 2304

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Carlo Maria Colombo was an outstanding gunsmith. He was awarded numerous prizes for the quality of his products and the improvements he made to the mechanisms of guns. Also a dealer and a restorer, he was the principal supplier of ancient weapons to the Poldi Pezzoli collection. In the middle of the 19th century he made a number of guns for Gian Giacomo, including a carbine, a pair of pistols for target shooting and this shotgun. The butt, made of walnut root, is decorated with a lion killing a serpent and a winged dragon below. On the trigger guard appear the initials “PP”, showing the gun was made for Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli. The maker’s name appears on the barrels: “Colombo in Milano”.