French Model An XIII Maubeuge Arsenal Percussion Pistol, 69 caliber. Right side of lock plate marked "crown/B" proofs and "Maubeuge/Manuf. Rle.", tang marked "M an 13.", arsenal proofs to barrel, trigger guard, barrel bands, back strap, and left side of lock plate. Walnut stocks, round to octagonal barrel, brass and iron furniture, iron ram rod. Barrel length – 8". Overall length – 14". Early 19th century. Provenance: a Middle Tennessee estate, by descent from Thomas G.B. Wheelock. Note: Thomas G.B. Wheelock was known as an astute collector of African Art and co-author of the book "Land of the Flying Masks: Art & Culture in Burkina Faso". He also inherited a sizeable collection of Asian, British, and military related antiques from his grandparents, Gilded Age tycoon George Briggs Buchanan of New York, and William and Margaret Wheelock, who owned a Scottish manor home known as Bunker Hill. (Margaret Carmichael Wheelock was also a founding partner of the fashion firm Farquharson & Wheelock in New York). See other related lots in this auction. CONDITION: Lock converted to percussion by drum method. Action is locked. Pepper pitting to iron. Cracks to wood, largest approximately 4". Brass with bright patina. Bore is dark with no visible rifling.
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