A Spanish gold damascene revolver by Zuloaga dated 1863
A Spanish gold damascened iron revolver by Eusebio Zuloaga (1808-1898)
The barrel decorated with an armorial shield and signed "Eo. Zuloaga, en Eibar 1863", also numbered behind the folding trigger "93".
Size: 30cm long overall, the barrel 16.5cm long
Eusebio Zuloaga was one of the greatest advocates of the modern decorative damascene technique, thanks to preparation of the surface for inlay by means of fine undercut hammering. He achieved international fame. He learned the arms trade in the family, first of all with his uncle Ramón in Placencia de las Armas, and later with his father in Madrid. He did time as an apprentice at the workshop of Jean Lepage in Paris and again in Saint-Étienne (1830-32).
In 1834 he is named Major Lieutenant Armourer by the Royal Armoury, and in 1844, Royal Arquebusier, by Queen Isabel II. Having opened his workshop in Madrid in 1842, in 1848 he opened another in Eibar, where this gun was made in 1863, as can be seen from its inscription.