18th Century Belgian Flintlock Pistol by Gilles Massin

.65" caliber. 8.5" barrel length. SN: NSN. Single-shot flintlock pistol with brass lockplate, triggerguard, and grip cap. Lockplate signed "G MASSIN" below pan. Steel components are in the white while wood furniture retains a dark finish. Buttplate terminates in a "{grotesque mask}" surrounded by scrollwork. "{Crown over double headed eagle}" shaped escutcheon and further "{grotesque mask}" pattern to left side of arm. Item has ramrod that is stuck fast. Top of frizzen has sheared off. Scrollwork to brass and steel components is faint suggesting previous polishing.


Good as refinished. Bore is very dark with rust and patina throughout. Steel finish is bright with some mottled discolorations along barrel and brown patina forming near muzzle. Interior of jaws and frizzen are rusted. Brass parts are tarnished. Wood stock has mars overall with crack forming to front end above ramrod. Chip to left side midway down length. Action is functional apart from broken frizzen.

Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000
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