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Steel with gold inlay, gilt-brass mounts; walnut burl stock; chiseled high-relief decoration
Overall: 49.5 cm (19 1/2 in.); Barrel: 32.1 cm (12 5/8 in.); Bore: 1.5 cm (9/16 in.)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1916.50.1
The flintlock ignition system was developed in the 1600s and remained the dominant system until the early 1800s.
The exquisite ornament along the breech of the barrel is chiseled and engraved. The barrel of this pistol is signed g. massin, the name of a gunsmith working in eastern France or French-speaking Flanders, possibly the city of Liège.
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