A silver-mounted French flintlock pistol
St. Etienne, 3rd quarter 18th century
The 7 1/2 inch two-stage barrel in .60 caliber smoothbore. Silver fore-sight. Flat lockplate with simple engraved border and signed J. Coignet/Pupil. Chased silver furniture, with hallmark in the form of a stag's head, including ramrod thimbles, triggerguard with vasi-form finial, scrolling, pierced sideplate incorporating a monster head and large pommel in the form of a dog's head with bulging eyes. Full walnut stock carved with raised panels and/or incised bands framing the barrel, furniture and lock and relief-carved with scrollwork in front of the triggerguard and behind the barrel tang; wrist with inlaid with silver wire scrollwork and inlet for oval escutcheon.
Condition: Good. Barrel with grey metal showing some minor pitting and wear to slight engraved decoration at breech. Lock and barrel tang with old blued finish. Stock with scattered light marks and cracked through at wrist. Wrist escutcheon and some of silver wire inlay missing.