AN ATTRACTIVE .577 FRENCH FLINTLOCK PISTOL BY BONNARD LAINE OF VALENCE, CIRCA 1770, no visible serial number,
with 6 1/2in. two stage octagonal to round barrel, the muzzle with inlaid gold starburst, the breech attractively engraved with foliate scroll work inlaid in gold, traces of which remain, the flat style lock with bevelled and borderline engraved edges, foliate engraved stepped tail, the centre of the lock bearing the makers name 'BONNARD LAINE A VALENCE', the lock has a squared pan without frizzen bridle indicative of early manufacture, swan-neck cock engraved to match the lock, iron mounted full walnut stock carved in relief along edge with barrel, rammer channel, trigger-guard and lock, with some areas of carved foliate features, between tail-pipe and trigger-guard and around the breech tang, iron mounts include a long spurred oval stepped and engraved butt-cap, large stylised and foliate engraved sideplate, trigger-guard with foliate decorated bow and long elaborate finial in the French style, complete with horn tipped wooden rod
Provenance: Valence is a commune in southeastern France, the prefecture of the Drome department and within the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region, approx. 100km south of Lyon. it is the eighth-largest city in the region
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