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Breech-Loading Rimfire Cartridge Pistol with Case and Accessories

Louis Nicolas Auguste Flobert (French, Paris, 1819–1894)
ca. 1855
French, Paris
Steel, gold, ivory, leather, textile
Pistol (a); L. 13 3/8 in. (33.9 cm); L. of barrel 8 3/8 in. (21.2 cm); Cal. .22 in. (5.6 mm); forked cleaning rod (b); L. 9 9/16 in. (24.3 cm); Wt. 1 oz. (28.3 g); scourging rod (c); L. 9 11/16 in. (24.6 cm); Wt. 1.1 oz. (31.2 g); cartridge box (d); H. 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm); Diam. 2 in. (5.1 cm); Wt. 1.7 oz. (48.2 g); screwdriver (e); L. 3 1/16 in. (7.8 cm); Wt. 0.5 oz. (14.2 g); case (f); H. 2 3/16 in. (5.6 cm); W. 14 1/2 in. (36.8 cm); D. 8 5/8 in. (21.9 cm); Wt. 1 lb. 14.6 oz. (867.5 g); key (g); L. 1 1/8 in. (2.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, John Stoneacre Ellis Collection, Gift of Mrs. Ellis and Augustus Van Horne Ellis, by exchange, 1989
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375
Flobert was the inventor of the first all metal cartridge, which was developed for indoor target shooting with pistols such as this, one of the finest signed examples of Flobert's work in existence.
Signature: Signed on the barrel of the pistol: Flobert Bte à Paris.

Inscription: Stamped in gold on the interior of the case's lid: FLOBERT INVENTEUR BREVETÉ A PARIS (Flobert, inventor, patented in Paris).
Willard, C. Cousins. "Captain Silas Allen, Jr., Gunsmith, Schrewsbury, Massachusetts, 1785-1868." The Gun Report (1976).

Hamilton, John D. "Elegant Continentals: Swords Presented by the Continental Congress." Man at Arms 8, no. 5 (September 1986).

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