This is the earliest dated firearm by Piraube, the leading gunmaker in France during the reign of Louis XIV (1643–1715). Piraube worked in the Louvre, where lodging was granted by the French monarchs to the finest craftsmen in their employ. Firearms by Piraube were sought by princes throughout Europe, including Charles XI of Sweden (1655–1697), whose court emulated that of the French king. The Swedish royal arms are found on the barrel and on an escutcheon on the stock.
Inscription: Barrel inscribed: Piraube Aux Galleries du Louvre A Paris 1676;