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Flint-lock pistol with ramrod
  • Flint-lock pistol with ramrod
  • Attributed to Tanguay
  • France
  • c. 1680
  • Steel, gold, burr walnut wood, silver and mahogany, blued, damascened, engraved, chiselled and carved
  • Length: 53.1 cm, overall
    Length: 35.5 cm, barrel
    Width: 1.4 cm, calibre
    Weight: 0.965 kg
  • Maker's mark
    Inscription: 'TANGVY APARIS'
  • A1212
  • European Armoury III
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  • Flint-lock pistol, a pair with A1211. The barrel octagonal at the breech for a short distance, then polygonal and fluted, and for the rest of its length of round section. A raised rib on the top of the round portion carries a silver foresight.The surface has been blued and overlaid in gold at the breech with a figure of Hercules under a canopy, flanked by small nude figures holding palm branches. Overlaid at the muzzle with a foliated mask and a guilloche pattern in gold along the sighting rib. The breech-strap is of bright steel, finely engraved with a caryatid figure. On the underside of the barrel there is a maker's mark.

    Lock. The cock is lightly ornamented with foliage chiselled in low relief. Similar decoration on the back of the steel or cover. Lock-plate engraved with St. George and the Dragon and another horseman, and inscribed:

    TANGVY APARIS

    Stock of burr walnut, carved at the breech-strap and ramrod socket with foliage and monsters.

    Mounts of silver. The sides of the butt-cap chased in relief with masks, scrolls and garlands on a matt ground, with further decoration engraved on the intervening spaces. On a end of the butt-cap is a steel medallion chiselled with a grotesque mask. Silver screw-plate pierced and chased with openwork foliage, and scutcheon-plate bordered with similar ornament. The trigger-guard is chased in the centre with a mask in relief. The ramrod pipes have sharply turned mouldings. Mahogany ramrod with walnut tip capped with steel.

    French, about 1680.

    There is a similar mark on the barrels of two guns in the Tøjhusmuseet, Copenhagen (Kong. Partikular Rüstkammer, nos. 32 (B 991) and 47 (B 989)).

    The locks have a bridle on their tumblers, but none for their pan-covers. There are stops both on the tumblers and on the shoulder of the cocks. The side-screws fit into sleeves on the inner side of the lock-plate.

    A1212 differs from A1211 in the details of its decoration, including having a figure in Roman armour (Mars?) in place of Hercules. Hayward, Art of the Gunmaker, II, p. 326, pl. 5; Kennard, French Pistols and Sporting Guns, 1972, p. 2.

    The barrel-maker's mark is not recorded in N. Støckel. Nothing appears to be known about Tanguay.