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Double-Barreled Flintlock Shotgun

François Pirmet (French, Paris, recorded 1779–1818)
Jean Le Clerc (French, Paris, recorded 1807–10)
dated 1809
French, Paris
Steel, wood (walnut), silver, gold
L. 48 in. (121.9 cm); L. of barrel 32 1/2 in. (82.6 cm); L. of lock 5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm); Cal. .59 in. (15.1 mm); Wt. 6 lb. 10 oz. (3000 g)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1927
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375
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.
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