Nicolas Carteron (French, Saint-Étienne, recorded ca. 1733–63)
Joseph Blachon (French, Saint-Étienne, recorded ca. 1725–35)
Steel, gold, wood, silver
L. 57 1/2 in. (146.1 cm); L. of barrel 41 7/8 in. (106.5 cm); caliber .62 in. (15.5 cm)
Harris Brisbane Dick and Rogers Funds, 1987
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375
Known primarily as a producer of military weapons, the Royal Arms Manufactory at Saint-Etienne occasionally made luxury weapons, of which this is perhaps the finest example. Depictions of classical gods and goddesses are chiseled into the steel parts; and the left side of the butt is inlaid in silver with a scene of dogs attacking an imperial double-headed eagle, a reference to France's continual political and military struggle against the Holy Roman Empire.