Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Cased Pair of Percussion Pistols with Accessories

Gunsmith:
François Pirmet (French, Paris, recorded 1779–1818)
Date:
1840–50
Geography:
Paris
Culture:
French, Paris
Medium:
Steel, gold, wood, brass, leather
Dimensions:
L. of each pistol (a, b) 14 1/8 in. (35.9 cm); L. of each barrel 10 5/16 in. (26.2 cm); Cal. of each .45 in. (11.5 mm); Wt. of each 2 lb. (907.2 g); powder flask (c); H. 6 1/8 in. (15.6 cm); Wt. 3.8 oz. (107.7 g); mallet (d); L. 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm); Wt. 3.9 oz. (110.6 g); combination nipple wrench/screwdriver (e); L. 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm); Wt. 2.1 oz. (59.5 g); cleaning rod (f); L. 10 1/2 in. (26.7 cm); Wt. 1.4 oz. (39.7 g); ramrod (g); L. 11 5/8 in. (29.5 cm); Wt. 8.9 oz. (252.3 g); patch box (h); H. 1 9/16 in. (4 cm); Diam. 1 15/16 in. (4.9 cm); Wt. 1.6 oz. (45.4 g); nipple box (i); H. 7/8 in. (2.2 cm); Diam. 1 1/8 in. (2.9 cm); Wt. 0.4 oz. (11.3 g); cutter (j); L. 5 1/2 in. (14 cm); Wt. 3.9 oz. (110.6 g); bullet mold (k); L. 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm); Wt. 4 oz. (113.4 g); bullet worm (l); L. 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm); Wt. 0.7 oz. (19.8 g); box for percussion caps (m); H. 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm); Diam. 1 9/16 in. (4 cm); Wt. 0.4 oz. (11.3 g); cleaning brush (n); L. 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm); Wt. 0.4 oz. (11.3 g); case (o); H. 3 in. (7.6 cm); W. 18 1/4 in. (46.4 cm); D. 9 15/16 in. (25.2 cm); Wt. 7 lb. 6.4 oz. (3356.6 g)
Classification:
Firearms-Pistols-Percussion
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1985
Accession Number:
1985.99a–o
Not on view
Inscription: Inscribed on each barrel: INVon PIRMET A PARIS inlaid in gold; on each breech tang: INVENTION PIRMET within an oval, inlaid in gold; stamped on the measure of the powder flask: BOCHE BTE A PARIS (the manufacturer's name); stamped on the handle of the cutter: VC 1591 (the maker's initials and serial number (?)); stamped on the cover of the cap box: ELEY BROS./LONDON (the manufacturer's name).
Ex. coll.: Louis H. Keller.
Lenk, Torsten, Blanche Byrne, Jane Clark, Charles R. Beard, Leslie Southwick, Ian Eaves, John F. Hayward, Gordon T. Howard, and Walter J. Karcheski. The Journal of the Arms and Armour Society 2 (1956–1958).



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