Double-Barreled Percussion Shotgun

Gunsmith Louis Perrin French
Barrelsmith Léopold Bernard French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375

This is presumably the "richly decorated gun" said to have been exhibited by Perrin in 1855 at the Exposition Universelle in Paris and again in 1862 at the International Exhibition in London. Undoubtedly Louis Perrin's masterpiece, this shotgun is one of the most ambitious firearms of its period. The butt, pierced and carved in the round with the figure of a medieval hunter, reflects the lingering influence of the Gothic revival. The silver mounts are of extraordinary quality, notably the buttplate with its graceful figure of a Native American.

Double-Barreled Percussion Shotgun, Louis Perrin (French, Paris, active 1823–65), Steel, wood (walnut), silver, French, Paris

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