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Flintlock rifle

Date:
ca. 1800
Culture:
French, Versailles
Medium:
Steel, gold, silver, walnut
Dimensions:
L. 40 1/2 in. (102.87 cm); Cal. .60 in. (15.24 mm); Wt. 5 lb. 15 oz. (2693 g)
Classification:
Firearms-Guns-Flintlock
Credit Line:
The Collection of Giovanni P. Morosini, presented by his daughter Giulia, 1932
Accession Number:
32.75.107
  • Description

    This rifle is distinguished by the sparing but bold decoration of its stock, featuring engraved silver inlay and a mythological creature carved in the round.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Signature: Signed on the lock: Boutet Directeur Artiste;

    On the barrel in cartouche: Boutet Directeur Artiste, Manufacture à Versailles;

    Near the breech, within a rectangle: BOUTET.

    Marking: Hallmarks: (1) octagon containing cock with number 1 to the left (official assay mark -- poinçon de titre -- denoting first standard silver (0.95) for the period 1798-1809);

    (2) oval containing number 88 separated by the head of an old man (excise mark -- poinçon de garantie -- used in Seine-Inférieure Département for large-sized work during the perod 1798-1809);

    (3) lozenge containing initials JM separated by a pellet, five pointed star above, seven pellets below in form of a grape cluster (silversmith's mark, unidentified).

    Marks:
    Lock (interior): B;

    Barrel (top, marks within lozenges): BC LC NB (letters intertwined); (beneath):
    DB surrounded by wreath; B (near touchhole) BLY N° 1; N° 35; Pour Brouilly;

    Triggerguard: Hallmarks 1 and 2; Brouilly; B;

    Rear side-plate (inside, in script): Leon Fletcher; B;

    Forward side-plate (inside): B;

    Butt plate (inside): hallmarks 1,2 and 3; Brouilly; B;

    Mermaid mount in front of triggerguard (inside): Brouilly; B;

    Ram's head mount (inside): Brouilly; B;

    Ramrod pipes (inside): each with respective assembly marks in form of notches 1, 11, 111;

    Rearmost ramrod pipe (inside): Brouilly; B; hallmark 2;

    Trigger mechanism (inside): B.

  • Provenance

    Ex. coll.: Giovanni P. Morosini.

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