Double-barrelled Shotgun - inv. 2304
Arms and Armours
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”.