In 1526 Mastro Bartolomeo Beretta (1490 – 1565/68) of Gardone received 296 ducats as payment for 185 arquebus barrels sold to the Arsenal of Venice.
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The 490 years of Beretta also have an important institutional recognition: Poste Italiane, the Italian post service, set up a dedicated philatelist pack of celebrative postcards, one reproducing the document issued on October 3rd, 1526 by which the arsenal of Venice paid 296 ducats (to) Mastro Bartolomeo Beretta of Gardone, Brescia territory, for 185 arquebus barrels - the oldest evidence known today on the industrial activities of the Beretta family; the other celebrates the 10 Olympic medals won this year by Beretta athletes at Rio games.
The special postal marking, will remain available at the Brescia City Centre head post office for sixty days, to meet the demands of marking that are received by collectors throughout the Country.
Every Thursday follow us on Beretta.com to discover ten exciting Chapter's preview from "Beretta - 500 years of the world’s finest sporting life",the third major monograph dedicated to Beretta, written by Nick Foulkes and photographed by Andy Anderson, published by Rizzoli US, avaiable soon in major bookstore worldwide.
The Story will culminate on December 1st, when a new extraordinary Beretta "tribute shotgun" will be unveiled.
... Follow the Calendar below and stay tuned!