May 07, 2020 10:00 AM EDT Cincinnati


A Rare and Important Cased Set of French Empire Flintlock Pistols by Arlot of Paris ca 1800s

.54 caliber, 7 3/8" barrel.  Blued swamped octagonal barrels inlaid in gold with maker's name Arlot a Paris. The breeches with urns and Empires base. Copper arrow inlaid in the top flat. The silver foresight surrounded with gold inlaid lightning bolts. The muzzles with gold inlaid bands. The breeches with folding rear sights and classic first Empire engravings. Tang screw is finely engraved. Front action locks with swan necked hammer. Cock is finely engraved. The lock and border with fine engraving around single bolt. Signed Arlot a Paris. Gold lined rainproof pans. Top jaw and frizzen finely engraved. Top of cock screw is finely engraved. Steel mounts in the Empire style throughout. Triggerguard with classic urn finial. Faceted steel buttcap is finely engraved. Figured walnut fullstock is finely carved at breech tang. The butts are finely checkered. Set triggers. Ivory tipped whale bone ramrods each with worm. 

Pistols are cased in an elaborate bound highly figured veneered wood case with brass lifting handles. The interior with leather lining, gilt stamped, contrasting red and on lid and green on base. Accessories comprising Boutet style flint napper, checkered main spring vice, elaborate and very fine violin type flask, ivory tipped mallet, turn screw, ramrod. Case retains its original key. 


Condition of guns is excellent throughout. Barrels retain all of their gold decorations and all of their original blue finish. Bores with twist micro-groove rifling are brilliant. Steel parts retain nearly all or their original bright polish. Stocks retain much original varnish with nearly perfect checkering. Set triggers work properly. Actions work perfectly. Accessories in excellent condition throughout. The copper flask with some verdigris on one side. One ramrod is missing. Case is excellent with minor warpage to lid - not significant. Red leather interior somewhat faded. One compartment lid is absent. This set is fresh and in remarkable condition throughout and will appeal to any collector of flintlock pistols. 

Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000
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