Cased Pair of Percussion Pistols with Accessories

Gunsmith Louis-Julien Gastinne-Renette French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375

The designs represented in an album in the Metropolitan Museum's collection (acc. no. 2010.31) were engraved on pieces such as this pistol by Gastinne-Renette, who ran a successful Parisian firm specializing in highly decorated custom firearms. He was gunmaker to the emperor of France and the king of Spain and was awarded medals for his craftsmanship at several international expositions between the 1840s and the 1870s.

Cased Pair of Percussion Pistols with Accessories, Louis-Julien Gastinne-Renette (French, Paris 1812–1885 Paris), Steel, brass, gold, wood (ebony), textile (baizé, wool), copper, leather, French, Paris

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Detail of the two pistols out of the case