Lot 5466

A pair of pistols for mamluk officers of the Imperial Guard, circa 1800

Fine Antique and Modern Firearms | A83s | Live auction | 725 Lots

Hammer price € 12,000

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Smooth bore in calibre 14.5 mm, one pistol with over-polished stamp over the chamber, one with ground iron front sight, the other with brass front sight. Flintlocks with brass pans, on both lock plates the maker's inscription "Versailles". Dark full stocks with smooth brass furnitures. Wooden (replaced?) ramrods with brass tips. Iron parts patinated, one pistol with unprofessionally repaired barrel holding pin, signs of age and use. Length of either pistol 41 cm.
The mamluks joined the Imperial Guard in 1802, and there were never more than 13 (!) active officers for the 150 to 250 men of which the unit was composed. The present pistols, which were made in the Versailles Manufactory under the aegis of Nicolas Boutet, are therefore extremely rare ordnance pistols.

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The auction includes 726 lots and starts on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020 at 10 am (CET). Lot no. 5001 - 5727. The pre-sale viewing will take place from Oct. 18 - 21 and Oct. 28 - 31, 2020 from 2 to 6 pm (CET). However, the number of participants for both auction and viewing is limited due to Covid-19 restrictions and requires an appointment. Bring your favourite breathing mask! Prior to any visit please check our website - we'll update it as soon as the situation changes.