Cased Pair of Double-Barreled Turn-Off Flintlock Pistols
Jean Lepage (French, Paris, 1746–1834)
Possibly Fleury Montagny (French, born St. Étienne, February 4, 1760–died 1836, Marseilles)
Steel, wood (boxwood), brass, velvet
L. of each pistol 8 in. (20.3 cm); L. of each barrel 3 7/8 in. (9.8 cm); Cal. of each .46 in. (11.7 mm); Wt. of each pistol 1 lb. 5 oz. (600 g); bullet mould (28.196.6a); L. 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm); Wt. 4.3 oz. (121.9 g); wrench (28.196.6b); L. 3 7/8 in. (9.8 cm); Wt. 2.6 oz. (73.7 g); case (28.196.6c); H. 3 7/16 in. (8.7 cm); W. 11 1/2 in. (29.2 cm); D. 6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm); Wt. 2 lb. 15 oz. (1332.4 g)
One pistol is inscribed "Gravé par Montangy" (engraved by Montagny). It is very rare for engraving on firearms to be signed by the artist. A family of engravers named Montagny worked in Saint-Étienne, a city famous for firearms production. Fleury Montagny, perhaps the author of the exceptionally fine engraving on these pistols, is also recorded as working in the Boutet workshop in Versailles. The delicately carved grips appear to be made of ebony with inset boxwood plaques. The plaques feature heads of Medusa and Bacchus.
Signature: Signed on both locks: LE PAGE A PARIS (Lepage, in Paris);
On one of the engraved plates: Gravé par Montagny (engraved by Montagny).
Ex. coll.: Bernard Franck; Frederick S. Rook; Theodore Offerman.
Paris. Musée Rétrospectif de la Classe 51: Armes de Chasse. "Musée Rétrospectif de la Classe 51: Armes de Chasse (Matériel, Procédés et Produits) à l'Exposition Universelle Internationale de 1900," April 14–November 12, 1900, pl. VII, no. 4.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Loan Exhibition of Arms and Armor," February 6–April 16, 1911, no. 209.
Hamilton, John D. "A Roland for an Oliver: Swords Awarded by the State of New York During the War of 1812." Bulletin of the American Society of Arms Collectors 57 (October 1987).