The Wallace Collection

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Flint-lock gun
  • Flint-lock gun
  • Nicolas Noël Boutet (1761 - 1833)
  • Versailles, France
  • c. 1805 - 1809
  • Steel, gold, walnut, silver, whale-bone and ivory, blued, damascened, engraved, chiselled and carved
  • Length: 122.4 cm, overall
    Weight: 3.115 kg
  • Inscription: 'Manufre a Versailles'
    Inscription: 'Boutet Directr Artiste'
    Maker's mark: An unidentified maker's mark consisting of a diamond-shaped punch, its long axis vertical, containing the letters JM with a five-pointed star in chief and an inderterminate object, apparently a bunch of grapes, in base.
  • A1127
  • European Armoury III
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  • Nicolas Noël Boutet (1761-1833) was gun-maker to the Royal, and then Imperial, Court of France at Versailles and is generally recognised as the finest continental gun-maker of his era. Although his factory at Versailles did manufacture high-quality regulation military arms (including edged weapons), it is for his presentation-quality silver and gold-mounted firearms that he is perhaps best known. The escutcheon on the wrist of the stock of this gun bears a similar Gothic ‘N’ monogram as that on the case of a rifle also in the Collection (A1126); both weapons probably belonged to Tsar Nicholas I of Russia. The third Marquess of Hertford was Envoy Extraordinary to Tsar Nicholas in 1827, so it is possible that either or both guns were a gift to him from the Russian Tsar at that time.