The Wallace Collection

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Miniature flint-lock gun with ramrod
  • Miniature flint-lock gun with ramrod
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Flanders or France
  • c. 1820
  • Steel, walnut, silver inlay, silk, mother-of-pearl and whalebone, engraved and blued
  • Length: 65.3 cm
    Length: 39.7 cm, barrel
    Width: 1 cm, calibre
    Weight: 0.645 kg
  • Proof mark: Liège
    Incised mark
  • A1133
  • European Armoury III
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  • Miniature flint-lock gun barrel of twisted steel with blued surface, octagonal at the breech merging into round section, with a single narrow top plane running to the muzzle. Stamped at the breech with the proof mark of Liège; some indistinct marks are stamped on the underside. The false breech carries a shallow sighting notch.

    Lock of bright steel, the lock-plate engraved at the end with a cornucopia. Spur-necked cock engraved with a monster, the jawscrew pierced and without a slot for a screw-driver. Steel slightly engraved with a flower ornament. The pan-cover is fitted with a bridle. The main-spring is linked to the tumbler.
    Stock of walnut with short fore-end, the underside of the butt carved as a monster's head, the end of the cheek-piece with a rosette. The grip is cross-hatched and inlaid with silver spots. The butt is inlaid with a flowing design of scrolls and flowers of silver, which is repeated round the false breech, and silver wire is inlaid in other places. Mounts of bright steel. The bow of the trigger-guard is engraved with a devil's head. On the left side are two separate plates for the lock-screws shaped and engraved with foliage; the front screw is solely for symmetry. By the ramrod socket is a loop for a sling, and screwed into the underside of the butt is a sling-swivel. Attached to these is a sling of green silk, secured by two mother-of-pearl studs. Whale-bone ramrod with steel ferrule.

    Belgian or French, about 1820.

    This delicate little weapon was no doubt made for a child.

    Blackmore, Guns and Rifles of the World, 1965, fig. 219.

    The barrel-maker's mark is not in N. Støckel.