This is a beautifully decorated flintlock pistol made by Gerrit Lasonder of Utrecht, Netherlands in the late 17th or early 18th century. It has a 10 1/8 inch round barrel of approximately 68 caliber. The lockplate bears a very clear maker's mark with floral scrollwork and the bust of a male figure wearing a Laurel wreath. The stock is carved and adorned with chased and filigree brass elements. The sight at the end of the barrel is in the form of a face or mask with the raised nose forming the actual sight. Other than a small piece of missing scrollwork that has been filled, the condition is excellent.
The Lasonder family of gun makers were very prominent in Utrecht, with Gerrit Lasonder of Utrecht, Holland recorded working, ca. 1682-1722. Dutch Trade pistols like these were commonly used by Pirates, Merchants and Sea Captains during this period.
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