These pistols are notable for their combination of restrained use of ornament and great elegance of form. Their maker, Pierre Le Bourgeois, was also responsible for the superb flintlock gun of Louis XIII displayed nearby.
Marking: Marked near the breech: an upright crossbow flanked by the letters P B (Pierre Le Bourgeois of Lisieux).
Hagerstown. Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. "Loan Exhibition of Medieval and Renaissance Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," February 27–March 31, 1955.
Newark. Newark Museum Association. "Loan Exhibition of Medieval and Renaissance Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," May 15–September 15, 1955.
Stockel, Johann F., and Tøjhusmuseet. Haandskydevaabens Bedømmelse. Vol. II. Copenhagen: Nordlundes Bogtrykkeri, 1943. WIL gun in Wallace Collection (A 1110) with same mark.
Blair, Claude. Pistols of the World. London: Batsford, 1968.