Pair of Flint-Lock Pistols

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Pair of Flint-Lock Pistols

of King Louis XIV of France

Information about Pair of Flint-Lock Pistols

  • Year created: c. 1660
  • Creator: unknown
  • Country of Origin: France
  • Dimensions: Length: 59.7 cm Width: 1.2 cm
  • Weight: 0.8kg each
  • Collection: Arms and Armour

This extraordinary pair of pistols was made for King Louis XIV of France. They are of the very highest quality, in keeping with the status of their royal owner. The barrels have been heat-blued and richly overlaid in gold. The stocks, of walnut, are carved in high relief with depictions of Hercules fighting the Nemean Lion and Samson fighting the Philistines. The theme of Hercules and the Lion is echoed elsewhere in the weapons’ decoration through the use of lions’ skins and masks.

A detail of the firing mechanism of a flint-lock pistol

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