Pair of Cased Flintlock Traveling Pistols
Pair of Cased Flintlock Traveling Pistols Pair of Cased Flintlock Traveling Pistols Pair of Cased Flintlock Traveling Pistols Pair of Cased Flintlock Traveling Pistols Pair of Cased Flintlock Traveling Pistols Pair of Cased Flintlock Traveling Pistols
Pair of Cased Flintlock Traveling Pistols

Pair of Cased Flintlock Traveling Pistols

  • This beautiful and rare pair of traveling flintlock pistols date to the early 19th century
  • The elegant firearms were crafted in Liège, Belgium in the style of Nicolas-Nöel Boutet
  • The firearms feature beautifully adorned 12mm-caliber barrels, wooden hammers, and iron locks
  • Finding a pair of dueling pistols of such exceptional quality is remarkably rare
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Item No. 30-1107
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This rare and handsome pair of traveling flintlock pistols was crafted in Liège, Belgium in the style of Nicolas-Nöel Boutet, Director Artist of Arms at Versailles in the early 19th century. These elegant matched firearms feature blued 12mm-caliber barrels, wooden hammers, iron locks fabulously engraved with lions, tigers, wolves and floral motifs, and exquisitely-carved grips embellished with a band of silver dots. Set into a later leather and velvet case, with two compartments containing a generous supply of ball shot, these pistols are true treasures. It is extremely rare to find complete sets of target or dueling pistols, particularly those of such exceptional quality and condition.

Featuring Liège proof marks and numbers "1 & 2"

Circa 1815

Pistols: 5 ½” lengthCase: 13 ¼” wide x 7 ½” deep x 2 7/8” high

Dueling was a privilege accorded to the upper class. Gentlemen were expected to defend their honor and duels were conducted with exquisite politeness. Duelling as we know it developed in southern France during the Renaissance, and flourished in Europe and North America in the 18th century. In the mid-1700s, the traditional dueling weapon, the sword, fell out of fashion, to be replaced by the pistol. There were detailed guidelines for the conducting of duels, the most notable being the Rules and Articles of War, which governed not only how countries would interact when in conflict, but also an officer's behavior. Not behaving as a gentleman meant a loss of social standing.
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Period: 19th Century
Origin:Other Europe
Type:Arms and Armor
Depth:7.5 Inches
Length:5 1/2 Inches
Width:13.25 Inches
Height:2.875 Inches
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