Pistols with side-by-side barrels became popular in England and France in the second half of the eighteenth century. This luxuriously decorated French pair exhibits the fashionable Rococo taste for asymmetry and whimsy in its elaborate parcel-gilt silver mounts and silver-wire inlay.
Ex. coll.: Walter A. Eberstadt.
La Rocca, Donald J., and The University of Chicago Press. "Pattern Books by Gilles and Joseph Demarteau for Firearms Decoration in the French Rococo Style." Metropolitan Museum Journal 43 (2008). pp. 141–155, figs. 13, 14, 18, ill. (Only one of the pair is illustrated (2002.521.1).