Original Napoleonic French Officer's Damascus Barrel Flintlock Pistol by Guillaume Berleur c. 1800
Original Item. Only One Available. In the style of the day designed by famed gunsmith Nicolas-Noël Boutet, these pistols were very popular and extensively made for French Officers. This example has an octagonal 6 3/4 inch Damascus barrel, which has numerous rifling grooves. The left side of the barrel bears the E / L G / * in an oval proofmark of Liège, Belgium, a gunmaking center even today, which at the time was controlled by France.
The lock plate is marked G. Berleur in script, for famous Belgian gunsmith Guillaume Berleur. Berleur was listed as an arquebusier et fournissieur (gunsmith & contractor) in Liège, Belgium and was active from about 1780 until about 1840. Berleur’s reputation for quality arms was significant enough for him to be brought to France around 1800 to work at the Imperial Armory at Versailles, directly under renowned arms maker Nicholas Noël Boutet.
The pistol has all iron mounts extensively engraved with Lions on the side plate. The walnut stock is checkered around the wrist and comes complete with its original steel ramrod.
From an old Collection of quality Flintlocks just acquired this is a very fine example of a Napoleonic French Officer's sidearm. Just lovely and ready to display!
Year of Manufacture: circa 1800
Caliber: about .59" pistol
Ammunition Type: Lead Ball & Powder
Barrel Length: 6 3/4 inches
Overall Length: 12 inches
Action: Flintlock Side Action
Feed System: Muzzle-Loaded
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