A Fine Pair Of French 25-Bore Silver-Mounted D.B. Flintlock Pistols
Lot 324*
A Fine Pair Of French 25-Bore Silver-Mounted D.B. Flintlock Pistols
Sold for £6,250 (US$ 9,720) inc. premium

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A Fine Pair Of French 25-Bore Silver-Mounted D.B. Flintlock Pistols A Fine Pair Of French 25-Bore Silver-Mounted D.B. Flintlock Pistols
A Fine Pair Of French 25-Bore Silver-Mounted D.B. Flintlock Pistols
By Paul Montmain Fils, Mid-18th Century
With russet barrels retaining traces of original blueing and damascened with gold foliage and rococo ornament around the silver fore-sights and along the part octagonal breeches, the latter with gold line borders, and with gilt lines around the muzzles and at the breeches, silver ribs chased with scallop shells between gilt foliage and each carrying the fore-sight, engraved tangs grooved for sighting, gilt touch-holes, signed border engraved rounded locks (one action defective, minor wear and rust patination), rounded cocks with chiselled and gilt retaining screws, steels each chiselled with a dolphin and a mustachioed grotesque mask, figured half-stocks (old in-fills and minor damage) with moulded borders and carved with foliage in low relief on each fore-end and behind the barrel tang, cast and chased mounts comprising vacant escutcheons each centred on rocailles and foliage, spurred pommels with a Classical trophy of arms against a finely punched ground on both sides, rounded pommel-caps each with a portrait medallion of a Turk on a punched ground within an engraved border of foliage and scallop shells, trigger-guards each with scallop-shaped finial and engraved raised ovoidal panel on the bow, baluster rear ramrod-pipes each with foliate terminal and secured by a screw, and later ramrods (2)
21.5 cm. barrels

Footnotes

  • Paul Montmain is recorded working in St. Etienne between 1710 and 1745

    For a similar pair of pistols see Sotheby's Monaco, Arms Anciennes Collection Charles Draeger, 7 December 1987, lot 120
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