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Arquebus. Miguel de Zegarra. Madrid, Spain, 1773-1774.



Marks: cannon (inscription, trademarks and countermark); key (punch); trigger guard (punch); medal with rope (inscription). Date: 1774 cannon; key of 1773. Author: Miguel de Cegarra. Origin: Madrid, Spain. Material: wood, steel, gold, other. Techniques: forged; carving; molten; possible chiseled; engraved. Miguel de Cegarra was a master documented between 1764 and 1783, who was named honorary arquebusier of Carlos III on May 4, 1768, and number on July 11, 1711. He trained with Gabriel de Algora and, in turn, was master of Antonio Navarro. He died on January 22, 1783. The appreciation that was held in court by Miguel de Cegarra is clear with events such as Carlos III's request to this master armorer and Salvador Cenarro to create an arquebus in his presence and that of his children, so that they could contemplate and value the work and the technology of the pieces. It should be noted that the arquebusiers were not subject to guild organizations, but the Ballestería de la Real Armería (Madrid) could have exercised certain tasks of control (including the collection of the "marks", once the arcabucero master died, to re-mark the gold plate of the brands of weapons, when they wear out by use). With his trademark, in addition to a few specimens in prominent private collections, there is a shotgun in the Municipal Museum of Madrid (number 6285) and another three in 1774 at the Museum of Applied Art in Milan, in the arsenal of Gatchina in St. Petersburg in Russia (inv 685) and another in what he called "Neal Collection", respectively. A shotgun of the Palace of Viana de Córdoba (inv 12) presents the cross punch attributed to the master. A document of the Royal Armory ("Ballots that were in the drawers of the Armory of the Royal Ballestry from the Ymbiente that was made on September 20, 1790 to the one that was made on January 3, 1801"), states that the institution had among its funds a "regular arcabuz" of the teacher. Both the honorary and number arabuceros, in the eighteenth century, worked exclusively for the royal service (requiring authorization for orders from individuals outside this circle). The first did not receive a salary, but their works were well paid and could access the arcabucero number square when the owner of the place died, presenting himself to a test (show a shotgun before the senior stableman, the main crossbowman and other arquebusiers, who valued mainly the quality and safety of the cannon). Size: Long 137 cms. Max depth 7 cm; max height 22 cm.


  • Creator
    Miguel de Zegarra (Maker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 8.67 in. (22 cm)Width: 53.94 in. (137 cm)Depth: 2.76 in. (7 cm)
  • Style
    Neoclassical (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Madrid, ES
  • Reference Number
    Seller: ZF01421stDibs: LU2951315066281

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