Pirmet was gunmaker to Jérôme Bonaparte (1784–1860), Napoleon's brother, who ruled as king of Westphalia from 1807 to 1813.
Signature: Signed twice on the lock in script: Pirmet à Paris 1809 (Pirmet in Paris, 1809).
Inscription: Inscribed on the barrel in script: W (for the recipient) and N (for Napoleon);
On the ram-rod: ILC (probably Jean Le Clerc).
Marking: Marked on the end of the butt: a cock in reserve with beveled corners, flanked by an A on the right), and an I on the left (assay mark, 1798–1809); a head of an old man, in a circle, flanked by the numbers 8 and 5 (second assay mark, 1798–1809); a lozenge with a laurel spray and the letter F to the left; a crowned head of a woman, three-quarters face, in a circle;
On the tongue attaching the trigger guard: the two assay marks described above;
On the base of each barrel: crossed laurel brances enclosing a fleur-de-lis, within an oval; to the right and left of the intersection, an L and a C (Jean Le Clerc).
On one barrel: 1809; and on the second barrel: 217.
Ex. coll.: Wierzbicki.
Los Angeles. Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "Loan Exhibition of Mediaeval and Renaissance Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," January 15–March 18, 1953.
San Francisco. California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. "Loan Exhibition of Mediaeval and Renaissance Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 18–June 7, 1953.
Arminjon, Catherine, James Beaupuis, and Michèle Bilimoff. Dictionnaire des poinçons de fabricants d'ouvrages d'or et d'argent de Paris et de la Seine, 1798-1838. Paris,