Classic pair of cased percussion pistols in excellent condition, with bolted front action locks, finely scroll engraved, and with the maker's name on the octagonal barrels, Lepage Moutier of Paris. The stocks are deep ebony, floral carved in a classic French style, and the metal is polished bright with a deep hue to the bluing. Stocks are both numbered '4610'. The pair of pistols are cased in a rosewood veneer box lined with burgundy velvet with accessories.
The artisan touches to this fine pair of cased percussion pistols by the renown French "arquebusier", Le Page-Moutier makes it easy to realize that this company was a favorite of royal and imperial clientele, the Parisian Expos, and a favorite firearms manufacturer to authors throughout France, immortalizing the company in their works, including Honore Balzac and Alexandre Dumas.
Set in its original Rosewood veneer case with all the accessories, the pistols stand apart with the quality of their manufacture and embellishment. The bolted front action locks are finely engraved, and the octagonal barrels are engraved with the French company's identification. Carved ebony stocks in a classic manner are complete with floral details. Founded in 1717 by Louis Pigny, and inherited by his nephew by marriage, Pierre Le Page in 1743, eventually the name changed from Le Page to LePage-Moutier in 1842 when Louis Moutier married into the family; and then famously as Fauré Le Page in 1865, with the ascension of Emile Henry Fauré Le Page.
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