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Cased Pair of Flintlock Pistols with Accessories

Lock maker:
François Pirmet (French, Paris, recorded 1779–1818)
Mount maker:
Silver mounts hallmarked by Nicolas Noël Boutet (French, Versailles and Paris, 1761–1833)
Date:
ca. 1810
Geography:
Paris
Culture:
French, Paris
Medium:
Steel, gold, wood (walnut, mahogany), silver, tortoiseshell, velvet
Dimensions:
L. of each pistol 15 1/4 in. (38.7 cm); L. of each barrel 9 3/8 in. (23.8 cm); Cal. of barrel 28.196.1a, .48 in. (12 mm); Cal. of barrel 28.196.1b, .49 in. (12 mm); Wt. of each pistol 2 lb. 5 oz. (1050 g)
Classification:
Firearms-Pistols
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1928
Accession Number:
28.196.1a, b, .2a–l
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375
The locks bear Pirmet's name, but the silver mounts are hallmarked by his contemporary Nicolas Noël Boutet.
Signature: Signed in script on the lock: Pirmet Argr à Paris.

Marking: Marked on the lower side of the butt and lock-plate: 1. cock and figure 1, in chamfered recatngle (Cf. Beuque. Dict. des poinçons, no. 657). 2. Lozenge with N/B, pistol between (Maker's mark for silver ornament, not identified) 3. head of bearded man with 8 and 5 to left and right (Beuque, no. 1) 4. faces (Beuque. no. 1107).
Ex. coll.: Frederick Sherman Rook; Theodore Offerman.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Loan Exhibition of Arms and Armor," February 6–April 16, 1911.

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