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Flintlock Pistol by Johann Jakob Kuchenreuter

.44 caliber. 5.875" barrel length. SN: NSN. Browned finish, gilt brass furniture, European hardwood stock with horn forend cap. Pocket sized rifled flintlock sporting pistol with an adjustable trigger, folding leaf rear sight and brass blade front sight. Octagon to round barrel signed "JOH. JAC. KUTCHENREUTER" along the raised top flat. 3.75" rounded flint lock with unbridled rounded and fenced pan and rounded swan neck cock. Lock decorated by deep relief engraved game scenes with a dog in the woods under the pan and a large stag grazing at the tail of the lock. Cock engraved with flowing foliate scrolls with punch dot shading. Octagonal portion of barrel similarly decorated with deep relief engraving of a large recumbent stag with decorative gilt highlights and gold maker's cartouche of a cavalryman with the initials "I I K" over the breech. This same touch mark is shown as figure 654 on page 651 of Volume I of Hear der Neue Stockel. Gilt brass furniture is decorated with deeply chiseled foliate motifs and game scenes, the buttcap is engraved with a feathery shell motif and with another large stag. European hardwood stock, likely of beech, with lovely Rococo relief carving surrounding the breech plug tang and forward of the triggerguard along the bottom of the stock. Tail of lock and coutnerpane with raised, carved aprons. Forend tip of light colored horn. Tapered wood ramrod with horn tip as well, secured by a single faceted brass thimble and an entry pipe.

Johan Jackob Kutchenreuter (b.1709-d.1783) and was part of the Kuchenreuter dynasty of Germanic gunmakers. He worked in Steinweg near Regensburg (Bavaria) during the mid-18th century and was the son of Johann Chistoph and the brother of Joseph and Johann Andreas Kuchenreuter, all of whom were highly accomplished gun makers as well. Johan Jakob served as gunmaker to the Princely House of Thurn & Taxis. This is a really lovely example of a mid-to-late 18th century pistol of the highest quality as would be expected from a gunmaker to a royal court.

Condition:

Fine overall. Barrel retains some strong traces of brown mixed with a lightly oxidized grayish patina. Much of the gold gilt remains in place on the barrel with some traces on the brass furniture. All markings and engraving remain clear and crisp. Lock remains in original flint configuration and is mechanically excellent. Top jaw and screw are likely old replacements. Stock remains crisp with sharp lines and raised carving, but a nominally 3" long repaired crack is present through the bottom of the stock running from the front edge of the lock mortise to the middle of the counterpane. This is stable and does not materially detract from the overall appearance of this wonderful pistol.

Starting Price: $2,000
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
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