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Pair of Flintlock Pistols

Pair of Flintlock Pistols

early 1700s

Part of a set. See all set records

Steel with gold inlay, gilt-brass mounts; walnut burl stock; chiseled high-relief decoration

Overall: 49.5 cm (19 1/2 in.); Barrel: 32.1 cm (12 5/8 in.); Bore: 1.5 cm (9/16 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1916.50

Description

Works of exquisite craftsmanship, this pistol and its pair (1916.50), on view in the museum’s armor court, feature an array of decorative elements, including carved walnut, gold inlay, and chiseled, engraved, and gilded figural designs. The barrel is signed G. MASSIN,the name of a gunsmith working in eastern France or French-speaking Flanders, possibly the city of Liège.

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