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Cased Pair of Flintlock Pistols with Accessories

Lock maker:
François Pirmet (French, Paris, recorded 1779–1818)
Mount maker:
Silver mounts hallmarked by Nicolas Noël Boutet (French, Versailles and Paris, 1761–1833)
Date:
ca. 1810
Geography:
Paris
Culture:
French, Paris
Medium:
Steel, gold, wood (walnut, mahogany), silver, tortoiseshell, velvet
Dimensions:
L. of each pistol 15 1/4 in. (38.7 cm); L. of each barrel 9 3/8 in. (23.8 cm); Cal. of barrel 28.196.1a, .48 in. (12 mm); Cal. of barrel 28.196.1b, .49 in. (12 mm); Wt. of each pistol 2 lb. 5 oz. (1050 g)
Classification:
Firearms-Pistols
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1928
Accession Number:
28.196.1a, b, .2a–l
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375
The locks bear Pirmet's name, but the silver mounts are hallmarked by his contemporary Nicolas Noël Boutet.
Signature: Signed in script on the lock: Pirmet Argr à Paris.

Marking: Marked on the lower side of the butt and lock-plate: 1. cock and figure 1, in chamfered recatngle (Cf. Beuque. Dict. des poinçons, no. 657). 2. Lozenge with N/B, pistol between (Maker's mark for silver ornament, not identified) 3. head of bearded man with 8 and 5 to left and right (Beuque, no. 1) 4. faces (Beuque. no. 1107).
Ex. coll.: Frederick Sherman Rook; Theodore Offerman.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Loan Exhibition of Arms and Armor," February 6–April 16, 1911, no. 207.

Seattle. Seattle Art Museum. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," March 11–June 6, 1982, no. 115.

Denver. Denver Art Museum. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," July 18–October 10, 1982, no. 115.

San Antonio. The Witte Memorial Museum. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," November 13, 1982–February 5, 1983, no. 115.

Minneapolis. Minneapolis Institute of Arts. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," May 24–July 31, 1983, no. 115.

San Francisco. de Young Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," November 5, 1983–January 28, 1984.

Detroit. Detroit Institute of Arts. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," March 10, 1984–June 2, 1984, no. 115.

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