Pair of antique flintlock pistols by Jalabert-Lamotte

By Jalabert-Lamotte (French, active 18th Century)

£12,000

These magnificent antique pistols are significant for their manufacturer, Jalabert-Lamotte, a favourite armourer of the French royal family in the 18th Century.

 

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Description

The pistols feature brown-painted steel barrels, clasped to wooden stocks. Their ramrods are tipped with ivory, and their stocks decorated with scrolling, foliate silver mounts. The triggers are crafted from silver, as are the trigger guards, which are engraved with cartouches, featuring stylised foliate motifs and seashells. The silver butt caps are decorated with relief work, depicting trophy motifs and portraits of Minerva (Athena), the god of strategy in war. The silver hammers are shaped like sea monsters, with their tails flicked upwards. The steel barrels feature gilt decoration and gilt inscriptions, reading ‘CN TORDU’. ‘Jalabert Lamotte à St Etienne' is signed onto the silver lockplates.

Details

Artist / Maker
By Jalabert-Lamotte (French, active 18th Century)
Country of Origin
French
Date of Manufacture
c. 1740
Period
18th Century and Earlier
Style
Militaria / Military
Material
Ivory, Silver, Wood
Colour
Brown, Silver

Dimensions

Height
13 cm / 5.1 inches
Width
40 cm / 15.7 inches
Depth
4.5 cm / 1.6 inches

Reference:
011738

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