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Pair of Flintlock Pistols Made for Christian Ernst, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach-Bayreuth-Kulmbach

Charles Froment (French, active Germany, 1657–1722)
M. Bréat (French, active Germany, ca. 1680–90)
ca. 1686–90
Franco-German, Erlangen-Neustadt
Steel, wood, silver
L. of each 19 3/4 in. (50.2 cm); L. of each barrel 12 5/8 in. (32.1 cm); L. of each plug 2 3/8 in. (6 cm); Diam. at muzzle of each 5/8 in. (1.6 cm); Diam. at breech of each 1 in. (2.5 cm); L. of each lock 5 in. (12.7 cm); Cal. of each .545 in. (13.8 mm); Wt. of each 2 lb. 2 oz. (950 g)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1904
Accession Number:
04.3.195, .196
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375
Made by French craftsmen in Germany for a German patron, these pistols exemplify the dominance of French styles at the time.
Signature: Signed: FROMEN A ERLAN (C. Froment of Erlangen).
Ex. coll.: Duc de Dino (K 10).
Stockel, Johann F., and Tøjhusmuseet. Haandskydevaabens Bedømmelse. Vol. 1. Copenhagen: Nordlundes Bogtrykkeri, 1938. p. 105 (signature of C. Froment of Erlangen).

de Brissac, Duke, and Robert-Jean Charles. Armes de Chasse. Paris: Crédit Lyonnais, 1967. p. 78 (similar flintlock gun c. 1730, signed "Froment à Erlang").

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